TV presenter and actress Vinolia Mashego has been laid to rest in Mamelodi, East of Pretoria on Friday. Mashego passed away in her sleep at her home on Monday.
Watch: We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of a pioneer of South African Television, Vinolia Mashego popularly known as V-Mash, who became a leader of popular culture in the 90’s and will forever be remembered for breathing life into the soul of our nation #RIPVMash pic.twitter.com/2uHlZefT6p
— Department of Arts & Culture (@ArtsCultureSA) April 6, 2020
The 57-year-old, affectionately known as V-mash, stole the hearts of many South Africans as one of the presenters on youth show, Jam Alley on SABC 1 in the 90’s. She also appeared on popular TV soapies such as Generations and Muvhango.
Friends and family who gathered at her home to bid her farewell have described her as a fearless and vibrant character who paved the way for many entertainers in the country.
In the video below, the Mashego family says it is still coming to terms with the loss of television star Vinolia Mashego:
Long-time friend, Lopang Mphatsoe says Mashego’s talent was unique.
“The producers of the shows would come up with scripts, but Vinolia would come up with her own script. She broke barriers; she defied rules, but in a good way. She was entertaining. You would watch a show and say ‘I’m a producer, why didn’t I think of that?’ She was just talented. We grew up going to clubs, parties. So, she’s been an inspiration to us during those dark days.”
In the video below, parents of Vinolia Mashigo, joined by close relatives have bade farewell to the popular television personality: