Obituary: Daphney Hlomuka-Ngubane, beloved TV actress

2008-10-02 00:00

Well-known South African actress Daphney Hlomuka-Ngubane (59) died in hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday after a long illness.

Hlomuka-Ngubane took the role of Sis May on the long-running SABC TV show S’gudi S’naysi, starring alongside Joe Mafela. She had been a part of the show since it began in 1986, playing the role of a middle-aged woman who lived in Soweto. Mafela played an unemployed man who came to lodge with her. She also played Nikiwe in Soul City. Hlomuka-Ngubane was still working with the SABC at the time of her death.

The South African performing arts community have reacted with shock to the news of her death, with Mafela and veteran playwright and actor Welcome Msomi among the many paying tribute to Hlomuka-Ngubane.

“She was very humble and hated to be treated like a star,” said Msomi.

In KZN, Arts, Culture and Tourism MEC Wesizwe Thusi and Premier Sbu Ndebele expressed shock and sadness at the news. Thusi said the arts industry has been dealt a severe blow with the death of Hlomuka-Ngubane.

“She was held in high regard for her amazing talent and professionalism. While we were still recovering from the shock of Bheki Mseleku’s and veteran broadcaster and cultural guru Thokozani Nene’s death, we are now confronted with the news of Daphney Hlomuka’s death.

Indeed the arts industry is poorer without her,” said Thusi.

Ndebele offered the condolences of the government and people of KZN to Hlomuka-Ngubane’s family and friends

Hlomuka-Ngubane was originally from KwaMashu.

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