South Africa is reeling following the passing of veteran actor Patrick Shai. Shai died in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The multi-lingual actor was born in Bolobedu in Limpopo, he will be remembered for his role in some of the SABC’s best dramas including Bophelo Ke Sephekgo, 7 de Laan, Generations and Zone 14.
Those who watched SABC’s CCTV in the 80’s and 90’s would remember the Legendary Patrick Shai as the lead actor in the Sepedi drama Bophelo ke Semphego. He has since appeared in dramas such as Yizo Yizo, 7de Laan, Generations and Zone 14. Smile Masilo Mokone lives in Soweto and has fond memories of Shai.
Shai is also known for his role in movies such as Taxi to Soweto, Cry the Beloved Country and The Last Samurai. He was nominated for two SAFTA awards.
Video: Sello Maake kaNcube remembers Patrick Shai
“I worked with Patrick for the first time on Yizo Yizo can you imagine how long time was that. When we worked together on Generations the friendship grew. He was amazing, a very giving soul. He allowed me to his life and family. And I’m so sorry for his wife because she has lost a friend. And the kids have lost a dad,” says actress Nambitha Mpumlwana.
Video: Zenande Mfenyane pays tribute to Patrick Shai
Shai was also a gender-based violence (GBV) activist.
“We are saddened by the sudden passing of ntate Shai. A legend amongst legends. We got to work with him on GBV initiatives that we ran across the county as our champion. We have been robbed of an activist who cared about his country and the vulnerable. We send our condolences to his family and friends,” says Ntimane.
Shai is survived by his wife and two children.