Bra Boikie s death leaves a huge void

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THE spear has fallen, sig­nalling the end of an era as the South African TV, film and the­atre in­dus­try bids farewell to the doyen of black per­form­ing arts, Boikie Mohlamme.

Trib­utes and con­do­lences are pour­ing in af­ter the death of the 84-year-old TV and film ac­tor and pro­ducer this week, eight days be­fore his birth­day. He died of heart fail­ure at Char­lotte Max­eke Jo­han­nes­burg Aca­demic Hos­pi­tal.

Mohlamme and his wife, Rose­line Mo­ra­pedi, were the faces of lo­cal TV dra­mas dur­ing the dark days of apartheid in the 1970s and 80s. She died in a car crash in 1997.

Mohlamme was fa­mous for sin­gle­hand­edly chal­leng­ing the SABC to pay roy­al­ties to the families of dead ac­tors for re­runs of pro­grammes they ap­peared in.

ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Duma kaNdlovu, said he met Mohlamme when he was stag­ing his the­atre pro­duc­tion in the 1970s.

KaNdlovu said there were three top town­ship protest the­atre pro­duc­ers in the coun­try Mohlamme, Sam Ma­hang­wane and the late Gib­son Kente.

I was a young­ster then, but cre­ated a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with him. He was the first per­son I in­vited to work with when I got the con­tract.

A man with a big heart, who put ev­ery­body first. He always fought for the de­cent treat­ment of ac­tors.”

His col­league and good friend Kid Mabutho Sit­hole said: He was a stal­wart. We are poor with­out him. He fought for artists when it was un­fash­ion­able to do so. His pas­sion for the rights of performers led him to con­front the bosses… he be­came un­pop­u­lar for do­ing the right thing.

Bra Boikie had been at the fore­front of the fight for ac­tors’ rights. He was a gal­lant fighter and got no re­wards.

Pro­ducer and direc­tor Neo Mat­sun­yane said he was Mohlamme’s neigh­bour in Mead­ow­lands, Soweto.

The re­la­tion­ship was pro­fes­sional, but he was also like a dad to me. He de­voted his time to fight­ing for mem­bers of the per­form­ing arts and cre­ated en­e­mies for him­self in the process. He was a selfless man who never wanted to hog the head­lines or be in the lime­light.”

Ac­tress Mary Mak­gatho of said she called him papa

He was a fa­ther fig­ure to many, a men­tor. He took ad­vice and never acted as a know-all.”

Mohlamme was a found­ing mem­ber of the Per­form­ing Arts Work­ers’ Eq­uity, which merged with the Mu­si­cians Union of South Africa to form the Cre­ative Work­ers Union of South Africa. He acted in TV dra­mas such as

and and di­rected oth­ers, in­clud­ing in which his wife ap­peared. He also ap­peared in the films

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and Born in Le­fu­rut­shane vil­lage near Groot Marico in North West, Mohlamme leaves two sons, a daugh­ter and grand­chil­dren. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at the SABC Au­di­to­rium at 11am to­mor­row and the fu­neral will be on Tues­day.

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