Veteran SA ac­tress mourned

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KHANY­ISILE NG­COBO

NEWS of the death of veteran ac­tress, Mary Mak­gatho, has shocked South Africans and the arts in­dus­try.

Her death came just days af­ter the death of her former Rhythm City col­league Dumi Masilela.

Mak­gatho re­port­edly died as a re­sult of com­pli­ca­tions fol­low­ing a bad fall in July.

Her cast­ing man­ager, Car­lynn de Waal-Smit, con­firmed that Mak­gatho died af­ter spend­ing the past few weeks in hos­pi­tal.

“It’s true, I just got off the phone with her sis­ter Rose, who con­firmed that she passed away. Mary was ad­mit­ted into high care on July 10 af­ter in­jur­ing her­self af­ter she fell,” Waal-Smit said.

The Min­is­ter of Arts and Cul­ture, Nathi Mthethwa, also shared his con­do­lences in a Twit­ter post. “I’d like to ex­tend my heart­felt con­do­lences to the loved ones of veteran ac­tress and my dear friend Mary Mak­gatho, who has sadly passed on (sic).”

In­dus­try col­leagues and friends have been send­ing their con­do­lences on so­cial me­dia.

Writer and direc­tor Por­tia Gumede tweeted: “My spirit is fight­ing a lot to­day. It’s hard to stand up straight. So much that’s break­ing the spirit. Mary Mak­gatho rest in peace sisi.”

The PAC also ex­pressed its deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily.

“This Daugh­ter of the Soil passes away in the im­por­tant month which is ded­i­cated and de­voted to women of her cal­i­bre. This is a sad chap­ter in our his­tory. We are deeply touched while our souls are bank­rupt.

“We are grate­ful for her fam­ily for hav­ing bor­rowed (sic) us such a great tal­ent. She has played a very crit­i­cal role in the in­dus­try be­fore the dig­i­tal age, when tele­vi­sion was ‘black and white’, be­fore plasma screens. His­tory will be very kind on her.”

Mak­gatho re­cently ap­peared in the So­nia Sed­ibe pro­duc­tion Meet The Radebes.

Mak­gatho starred as Pu­leng in the orig­i­nal Gen­er­a­tions. She also had roles in Yizo Yizo, Rhythm City, Doubt, 90 Plein Street and more re­cently’s eKasi: Our Sto­ries.

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