The SABC wishes to extend its condolences to Mr Sandy Mokwena’s family and speaks highly of his contribution to the broadcaster.
The public broadcaster says although Mr. Mokwena is currently known for the role he played on e.tv’s scandal, as Bra Eddie Khumalo, he has also featured on a number of SABC programmes such as Generations, Yizo Yizo, Soul City, Going Up and Khululeka among others.
“Mokwena first cut his teeth in acting, playing the role of Cappie on the hit music ‘Ipi Tombi’ that went on a world tour in the early 70’s. Boasting almost four decades in the industry, South Africans have had the pleasure of watching him grow and evolve with every character he portrayed. His talent and craft was a sight to behold and his death is an immeasurable loss to the TV and Film fraternity.”
The SABC says they will allow Mr Mokwena’s memory to live on. “His life story may have come to an end, but his memories will remain alive in our archives.”
Tributes are pouring in for veteran actor known as ‘Bra Eddie’ in the soapie Scandal, died overnight in hospital.
Mokoena’s peers and a later generation of actors say his contribution to the industry is unparalleled.
Veteran actor Sello Maake ka Ngcube remembering Sandy Mokoena who has worked for various productions. Maake ka Ngcube says not only was Mokwena a friend he was also a mentor.
“When I was still a young actor then and Bra Sandy was a ‘grootman’ that we grew knowing about. He was involved prior to me in ‘iphi ntombi’. He was an amazing dancer and drummer as well. Second last time I worked with him was on scandal. He was first of all a dedicated actor, diligent he was very giving as an actor.”
Artist Tony Kgoroge says Sandy Mokoena’s contribution in the arts industry was immense. Kgoroge who is well celebrated both in front of and behind the camera says Mokoena set a high standard for his generation of actors…
“Bra Sandy was one of the people we used to look up to. Those are the people who came earlier in the industry, so each and every time we looked into the industry while we were studying we’d be like if I can be at that level and do things he’s doing. He took some time off acting and when he came back you’d think he’d start from the bottom but he was still maintaining the same aura of being great.”
ETV PR Specialist Michael Pocock says although Mokoena had been ill for a while although he had still been working.
“Etv is saddened by this condolences go out to his family and his cast and crew of Scandal he definately will be missed he was on Scandal since the first episode aired which was in January 2005 so he is very entrenched and part of the fibre of etv brand and he will be solely missed by all of us.”
Mokoena’s illness has not yet been disclosed. His crew and cast at Scandal has been given the day off. Pocock says he died of natural causes.