Covid-19 claims life of legendary actor
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Johannesburg - The acting and entertainment industry is mourning the passing of acting giant MacDonald Ndodana Mathunjwa, best known for his roles on soapie Generations and Home Affairs.
One of the daughters of the TV and film icon, Zanoxolo Mathunjwa, announced on Tuesday the passing of her father on social media.
“RIP daddy, #Hearbroken MacDonald Ndodana Mathunjwa has passed away today,” Zanoxolo posted on Twitter.
His other daughter Makwande Mathunjwa confirmed to TshisaLIVE that her father had died from Covid-19 complications on Tuesday.
Bra Mac, as he was affectionately known, had a decades-long career in the South African film and TV industry however, the talented actor, producer and director was best known for the role he played as Oupa on the TV comedy Khuleka.
South Africans are also familiar with his roles as Mawande’s father on Generations and Tshibaphi on Intsika.
Bra Mac will also be remembered for his roles in uGugu noAndile, Ithemba, Ubambo Lwami, Bone of my Bones and Soul City.
Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Mbali Hlophe sent her condolences to Mathunjwa’s family and said she was shocked and sad to learn of his passing.
Hlophe said: “uBab Mathunjwa has been an epitome of acting excellence and was very authentic in the roles he played, whether it was on TV or theatre. The department, through the Gauteng Film Commission, was honoured to have worked with him in producing a South African short film Uzozwa Ngami.”
The MEC also extended heartfelt condolences to the family and friends on the behalf of the people of Gauteng.
Messages of condolences and well wishes to the family were posted on social media platforms.
“Just saw that one of my favourite veteran actors uTat’MacDonald Mathunjwa passed away. I enjoyed watching this man on TV. From uGugu no Andile to Khululeka ... I’m looking at this picture and I can literally hear his voice. Rest in Peace Bra Mac,” Yolanda Alkebulan Njadu wrote on Facebook. Twitter user @DjShoesmusic wrote: “This legend was nice and funny, you can see he has a kind heart. Rest in power Babu Mathunjwa. You kept us entertained all these years.”
Musah Sbiya on Facebook called Mathunjwa one of the talented actors South Africa has had over the years.
“So sorry for your loss Noxy, whenever your dad played a role he embodied the father figure and didn't look or sound like he was acting. Very authentic person through the screen, may his soul RIP,” Twitter user @Ncumi_Gouwe wrote.