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Arts industry loses another gem

The South African arts industry has been plunged into an abyss of sadness following the death of veteran actor, Sandy Mokwena, who played the character “Bra Eddie” in the popular eTV soapie. Mokwena (68) died of natural causes on Wednesday (24 Jan) night, two days after the demise of legendary Jazz maestro, Hugh Masekela.

Bra Eddie acted in numerous drama and TV series that include Yizo Yizo, Generations, Okavango, Soul City, Justice for All and Zero Tolerance. He was also part of the cast that toured the world from 1972-1984 with the hit musical Ipi Tombi, where he played the role of Cappie.

Mokwena also featured in such South African films as Taxi to Soweto (1992), The Principal (1996), Dead End (1999) as well as Scarback in 2000.

Mokwena had been playing the character Bra Eddie since 2005.

Legendary singer, Yvonne “Mama Africa” Chaka Chaka, succinctly captured the mood in the arts industry when she wrote on Twitter earlier today.

“Our industry is in trouble. All our veterans are going. RIP Bra Sandy,” tweeted Chaka Chaka.

Meanwhile, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa also conveyed his condolences on the passing away of Mokwena.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends & colleagues of veteran actor Sandy Mokwena who has sadly passed on. As early as 1972 he embarked on a world tour with the cast of the musical “Ipi Tombi”. He later played roles in Scandal, Generations, Soul City & Yizo Yizo,” wrote Mthethwa.

May his dear soul rest in peace!

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