Luminary actor Sandy Mokwena died on Thursday morning aged 68; leaving a trail of memories for those who bore witness to his stellar stage, movie and TV career.
Known best for his role as Eddie Khumalo on the e.tv daily soap scandal, Mokwena cut his acting teeth with the hit musical Iphi Intombi (Where is the girl?) during the 1970s and 1980s, where he starred as Cappie alongside the late great South African actress and musician, Margaret Singana.
Iphi Intombi played on four continents to critically acclaim, including on prestigious theatres on West End Street in London, England, and on Broadway in New York City, US.
Mokwena’s first movie role was a small role on the 1992-movie Taxi to Soweto.
The late actor also played the role of Ken Mokoena on the hit, yet controversial, TV drama Yizo Yizo, where he was a destructive teacher at the fictional school Supatsela High School, the show’s setting.
Channel eTV confirmed the passing of Mokwena, saying: “eTV is deeply saddened by the news and our condolences go out to Sandy’s family and the cast and crew of Scandal! Sandy Mokwena has been part of Scandal! since the first episode, which aired in January 2005.”
Many South Africans including Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa paid condolences on social media.
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.