The wife of the late actor Patrick Shai who took his own life pleaded with people not to judge her husband saying no one is perfect.
Masechaba Shai was addressing those who attended her late husband’s memorial at Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg on Thursday.
Addressing the mourners, Shai’s wife had said: “I am humbled by the support and love that you have been giving us. Patrick behaved like a child and my job was to ground him. I want to say all of you judging him, you need to start judging yourself first. This pain is very deep for my kids, for my grandkids it is so deep. He carried us. We were not perfect and he was not perfect. All the challenges affect all of us, he faced all those challenges.
He was a perpetrator like all of you in this place. I was never intimidated by the beautiful women who became the wives of my husband. When he said ‘I am sorry’, he meant it. My kids are hurting because of the country that my husband loved.
The late Patrick Shai died a few days after a video of him challenging rapper, Cassper Nyovest to a boxing match went viral. In the video in question, Shai said this to Cassper, “Before I die I want to make sure that I’ve beat you so that on my tombstone they can write this is the man who beat Caster or Costa or whatever your sh*t name is … Come you son of a b***h.”
Shai was trolled by social media users and he had to apologize for his utterances.