South Africa losses veteran stage and screen star actress Nomhle Nkonyeni into the hands of death at the early hours on Wednesday morning.
According to Nkonyeni’s nephew, Vusi Manapha who confirmed the iconic performer had passed away around 4 am on Wednesday after a short hospital stay.
There were no reports concerning the state of Nkonyeni health before she passed away as at the time of this report.
The South African government in no time sent their condolences to the family of actress Nomhle Nkonyeni.
Their statement reads, “She will be remembered for her excellent contribution to the performing arts industry. Earlier this year, she was bestowed with the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ugqatso ulifezile!”
It was reported that Nkonyeni was awarded the prestigious honor this year by President Cyril Ramaphosa for excellence in the fields of music, culture, literature, arts, journalism or sport.
Also, a few months ago, The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards conferred Nkoyeni with a Lifetime Achievement Awards for her immense contribution in the theatre space.
The late Nomhle Nkonyeni has featured in numerous stage and television production which includes national and international scenes and her mastery in her craft has moved many audiences locally and around the globe.
Her most recent role was her appearance on “Scandal” on Etv, where she played Lulama Langa, mother to Siseko Langa, played by Hlomla Dandala.
South Africans have expressed their love by sending the late actress tribute messages:
One wrote, “One of South Africa’s finest diamonds has been invited to act in heaven’s greatest stage production. Mam Nomhle, you have left a lasting legacy in both South Africa and internationally #RIPNomhleNkonyeni.”
LA South Africans we need to learn to appreciate our legends and icons whilst they are still alive. We should not wait for such a moment as this one to do so. #RIPNomhleNkonyeni,” another tweeted.