Tributes are pouring in for South African actress Candy Moloi, who died on Tuesday.
She is best known for her starring role as Vho-Makhadzi on the SABC2 soap opera Muvhango.
Moloi left Muvhango a few years ago after many years as one of the most recognised actors on the popular soapie.
Muvhango boss, Duma Ka Ndlovu, confirmed the news of Moloi’s death to SABC News.
She is also the mother of actress and producer Lerato ‘Zah’ Moloi. The two both acted on Muvhango at one stage.
Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha has sent his condolences to the Moloi family.
“The province has lost a guide, a Makhadzi, a matriach who played many roles in nurturing new acts in the arts. She has shown her mettle in acts like Muvhango, Giyani Land of Blood and have been in the industry of acting and advertising for many years. We’ll sadly miss her and we hope the family finds consolation and the arts world find solace in that she had lived her life,” the Premier says.
Moloi played the role of MaModumedi in SABC1’s mini-series Death of a Queen and starred as Fhatu Neluvhola in SABC2’s thriller series Thola.
In 2009, she won the Best Supporting Actress in a Soapie award at the SAFTAs for her role in Muvhango.
Moloi will be buried in her home town of Thohoyandou on a date yet to be announced.
People on Twitter pay their tributes:
The heavens needed you so badly hence they took you so suddenly but in our hearts you shall remain. We grew up watching you on TV and what a great actress you were.
Muya wavho u edele nga Mulalo Vho-Makhadzi. #RIPCandyMoloi pic.twitter.com/BeG18BRGCk
— Ndi Mushavhi Buba (@MphiloRembu) July 29, 2020
The End of Chapter of life, The beginning of a New Eternal Life Chapter.
— Mfundoyakhe Shezi 🇿🇦 (@Mfundoyakhe_S) July 28, 2020
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) July 29, 2020
Ooooh no mam Candy why??? 😭😭😭😭 #RIPCandyMoloi
— #IAmNtsikiMazwai (@ntsikimazwai) July 29, 2020
— DENGA TAKALANI 🇿🇦 (@kingdmusic) July 29, 2020
💔 Sis’ Candy, thank you for your big heart, for caring about young women in this industry & for giving me a place in your heart when I first came to Jhb. You will remain in our hearts always. Rest easy now Big Sis❤️🕊 #RIPCandyMoloi pic.twitter.com/huRnS8hKZa
— Zandile Nzalo (@zaizai7) July 29, 2020
— HRM King Matholela Lucas Moloi 🤴🏿 (@Lucasmoloi) July 29, 2020
Waking up to the sad news of Mam Candy Moloi’s Passing. I looked at her all the time and I got reminded oh how much of an incredible actor she was from the Days of Muvhango 😰
2020 You are cruel! 😪
— Kealeboga Mothobi (@_KealebogaMO) July 29, 2020
— Vincent Moloi (@vincentmoloi) July 29, 2020