South African actress Shoki Mokgapa, 34, dies

Shoki Mokgapa (Photo: Screengrab,
Shoki Mokgapa (Photo: Screengrab,

Cape Town – South African actress Shoki Mokgapa has died. She was 34. Her cause of death is not yet publicly known.

The talented young actress who graduated at the Johannesburg-based AFDA film school with a bachelor’s degree in live performance made her South African TV debut in the SABC3 series The Lab, and a decade later appeared this year in the new local drama series The Docket that started on SABC3 recently and that was filmed last year.

Channel24 spoke to Wesley Mark at MLA and he confirmed the news of her death adding that there is no formal statement at this time. 

In-between she's made several TV appearances in series ranging from the second season of Ashes to Ashes on, Intersexions, Swartwater and Those Who Can't on SABC2 to the British BBC series, Silent Witness.

Her most recent TV appearance was in the American drama series The Looming Tower on Amazon Prime Video.

Shoki Mokgapa won a Safta award in 2017 as best actress in a feature film for her role in the Afrikaans film, Sink for which she also won the best actress award at the kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival.

Other notable film roles include appearances in the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Nothing for Mahala.

On Twitter on Wednesday afternoon Clive Morris Productions, producers of The Docket, said "we are extremely sad to hear about the passing of Shoki Mokgapa. Everyone here at CMP loved working with her and she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time."



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