Patrick Shai

‘The River’, ‘Skeem Saam’… inside Patrick Shai’s most memorable roles. Image via Twitter @1Magic

RIP: ‘Skeem Saam’, ‘The River’… inside Patrick Shai’s memorable roles

From ‘Generations’, ‘7de Laan’, ‘The River’ to ‘Skeem Saam’, actor and GBV activist Patrick Shai had many memorable roles.

Patrick Shai

‘The River’, ‘Skeem Saam’… inside Patrick Shai’s most memorable roles. Image via Twitter @1Magic

Fans remember legendary actor and GBV activist Patrick Shai’s most memorable TV roles, from playing Jacob Moloi in 7de Laan, Lucas Seakamela in Skeem Saam to his current role as Phasha in The River.   

The thespian allegedly committed suicide in the garage at his house in Dobsonville, Soweto today (22 January).  

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We take a look at GBV activist and actor Patrick Shai’s most memorable roles in shows such as Generations, Zone 14, Yizo-Yizo, The River, Skeem Saam, 7de Laan and more.   

Sunday World confirmed his passing by reporting that he committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his Dobsonville home on Saturday, 22 January 2022.  

The family also sent a statement to Sowetan which read:  

“We sincerely ask you to give the family time to process this painful loss.”

“More details will be shared in due course. Thank you,” the statement stated.  

The news of his alleged suicide come a week after a video of him challenging rapper Cassper Nyovest to a boxing match went viral.  


Patrick Shai will be remembered for his current role in The River as Phasha alongside Seputla Sebogodi who plays the role of Mohumi.   

He is also known for his 7de Laan season one role as Lesedi Moloi’s (KB Motsilenyane) father – Jacob Moloi  

The legend also had a role in Generations season one as Patrick Thlaole and joined Ashes to Ashes seasons one and two as Selogilwe “Selo” Namane later.  


  • Isidingo season one as Sizwe  
  • Skeem Saam season two as Mantuli’s (Dieketseng Mnisi) husband – Lucas Seakamela  
  • Yizo Yizo season one as Edwin Thapelo  
  • Zone 14 seasons three and four as Tiger Sibiya  

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The seasoned actor and motivational speaker, Patrick Shai also scored a cameo role in Uzalo back in November 2021.

Shai was involved with the gender-based-violence storyline between Nosipho (Nompilo Maphumulo) and Njeza (Nkanyiso Makhanya).  

The actor-activist is the founder and director of Khuluma Ndoda (Men Talk) which is an organisation that encourages men to speak out against gender-based violence.    

Shai was an advocate against gender-based violence and was open about his history as an abuser and how it has impacted his relationship with his family.  

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