Busi Lurayi

RIP: ‘City Ses’la’ actress Busi Lurayi’s most memorable roles. Image via Instagram @busi_lurayi

RIP: ‘City Ses’La’ actress Busi Lurayi’s most memorable roles [WATCH]

From ‘City Ses’La’ to ‘How To Ruin Christmas’ actress Busi Lurayi had many memorable roles on South African television.

Busi Lurayi

RIP: ‘City Ses’la’ actress Busi Lurayi’s most memorable roles. Image via Instagram @busi_lurayi

The South African entertainment industry is mourning the tragic passing of actress Busi Lurayi, who played roles in Generations, How to Ruin Christmas, and City Ses’la.

Lurayi’s family and entertainment commentator Phil Mphela confirmed she passed away on Sunday, 10 July at the age of 35, but her cause of death has not yet been revealed.  

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The actress Busi Lurayi, who played Tumi in Netflix’s How To Ruin Christmas was also popularly known for her roles in City Ses’La where she played the character of Phumzile, Lockdown for her role as Oyadele, Generations as Swazi Lukhele and many more.   

Lurayi’s family revealed in a statement that they’re waiting for the autopsy results to confirm how she died as she was found dead at her home.  

“We are deeply saddened to notify you of the passing of our beloved Busisiwe Lurayi,” read the statement.   

“Busisiwe passed away suddenly and was pronounced dead at her residence on Sunday 10.07.2022 by medical personnel. The reason for her death is still unknown as we await the results of the autopsy report,” the statement continued.  

“We humbly request that you allow us as the family to come to terms with this tragic news. We thank you for the support that has been given so far and will provide further information as soon as it is made available,” the statement added.  


Lurayi won a SAFTA award in 2006 for playing Phumzile on the SABC1’s sitcom City Ses’la (from 2005-2006 and again in 2010) and its spin-off series Ses’Top La in 2014.  

She exited the comedy show after the first season and was replaced by Lingashoni actress Thuli Thabethe then returned in the fourth and final season in 2010, according to TVSA.  

Former Uzalo actress Nelisa Mchunu currently plays the role of Phumzile in the SABC1 comedy series Ses’Top La season five.

She also played the character of a socialite wife Swazi Lukhele in Generations, and also joined Mzansi Magic’s sitcom S.I.E.S in 2012 after her Generations exit.  

Lurayi returned to the limelight in 2020 as Tumi Sello in How To Ruin Christmas (The Wedding), How To Ruin Christmas (The Funeral) and passed away while shooting How To Ruin Christmas (The Baby Shower).  

The mother of one also starred Change Down season one, ER season 12, Home Affairs season four, Intersexions season two, Million Rand Money Drop season one, Sokhulu & Partners season one, Vutha season one, and many more.  

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“We are aware of the passing of Busi Lurayi and are deeply saddened about the tragic news. We would like to send our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.” – Netflix spokesperson.  

“All of us on the production of How To Ruin Christmas are shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved colleague Busi Lurayi. She is an exceptional talent who was in the prime of her career. Her passing is a huge loss not only for us but for South Africa’s creative industry and all her fans as a whole.” – Burnt Onion Productions