South Africans from all walks of life expressed grief over the passing of a heroine Nomhle Nkonyeni.
The 77-year-old actress received the Order of Ikhamanga in silver this year from President Cyril Ramaphosa for her contribution to the arts.
Nkonyeni has had several roles on television including scandal on eTV and DStv’s Igazi.
According to reports, Nkonyeni died in the early hours of Wednesday morning after being admitted to hospital last week.
Earlier this year, Nkonyeni was among recipients of the Order of Ikhamanga, which recognises South Africans who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.
Born in 1942 in Port Elizabeth, Nkonyeni was known for her work on stage with the Serpent drama group, which performed anti-apartheid classics.
Nkonyeni was also actively involved in the development and sustainability of the performing arts, helping to start the Outreach Theatre for Education Programme as well as in mentoring and educating young people in the arts.
Her belief in education saw her receive her Master’s degree in Theatre for Development from the King Alfred’s College in the United Kingdom in 2002 while she also attained a Diploma in Conflict Management from Lewsham College in London in 1999.
Some of her movie credits include 2004’s Red Dust with Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Zulu, which starred Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker.