AT HER memorial service yesterday, friends described Lara Kruger (30) as entertaining, vibrant and full of life.
Speaking at the service held near Sun City, North West, Kenole Legote, a content producer on Motsweding FM in Mahikeng, described Lara as a true friend.
“When I started working with her, she never told me her name and never asked for mine. We just started working and a relationship blossomed,” said Kenole.
“It came to the point where I was able to talk to her about anything. She was the type of person who was caring and easy to open up to.”
Dan Mongale, a general manager at the SABC in North West, said Lara was very talented.
“She was recruited because of her talent. She featured in the long-term strategy of Motsweding,” said Dan.
Lara’s long-time friend and representative of NGO Access Chapter 2, Mmapaseka Letsike, said she had spoken out on issues affecting the gay community.
“For so many years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people have been misunderstood.
“Transgender people are neglected, stigmatised and discriminated against in their communities.
“At times, our parents play a major role in that. Accept us as your children. Anything else doesn’t concern you.”
Family spokeswoman Kenole thanked residents for their comforting messages, songs and poems. She said the family took comfort in the fact that many people felt a flower had fallen.
Lara was born Thapelo Lehere in Mogwase and died in Ledig last week. She will be buried in Mogwase tomorrow.