- Tributes continue to pour in for actor Noxolo "Noxee" Maqashalala whose death made headlines on Saturday.
- Noxolo, who was born in KwaBhaca (formerly Mount Frere), was best known for her role as Viwe in the first three seasons of SABC1's youth drama series Tsha Tsha.
- Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa's minister of sport, arts and culture, in a statement on Sunday morning, said that he was "deeply saddened by the passing" of Noxolo as well as actor Menzi Ngubane.
Tributes are pouring in on social media for actor Noxolo "Noxee" Maqashalala after news of her death broke on Saturday.
The Dispatch first reported the news, quoting a family friend, Senyukele Zibobo, who told the newspaper that he "received a call from her brother informing me of her death".
"Someone went to drop off something at her place and realised there was something strange," Senyukele told the publication, adding that forensic personnel suspected Noxolo had been dead for almost a week.
A family meeting is apparently set for Sunday to discuss the way forward following the actors' death.
In a statement to Channel24, production house Quizzical Pictures, said: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Noxee Maqashalala. We first came across her nearly 18 years ago when she starred in our drama series Tsha Tsha.
"It was her first ever role and her performance as a young girl infected with HIV, was unforgettable. We worked with her often. She was the star and face of Intersextions; gave a remarkable performance in Easy Money and together we developed Diamond City for SABC1 which is currently showing on Netflix. Like many talented people Noxee had a restless soul and never made easy choices. She was a consummate professional and her grace and talent will never be forgotten. Lala Ngoxolo Noxee."
Noxolo, who was born in KwaBhaca (formerly Mount Frere), was best known for her role as Viwe in the first three seasons of SABC1's youth drama series Tsha Tsha between 2003 and 2005.
She also appeared as Mandisa in SABC1's Intersextions in 2010 and also had roles in SABC1's Generations, Diamond City and Dream World, SABC2's Gauteng Maboneng, e.tv's Rhythm City, Easy Money, Mzansi Love and The Kingdom - uKhakhayi.
Nathi Mthethwa, South Africa's minister of sports, arts and culture, in a statement on Sunday morning, said that he was "deeply saddened" by the passing of Noxolo, also paying tribute to Menzi Ngubane, whose death made headlines on Saturday as well.
"The sector has been robbed at a time when there is so much tension and stress in the industry due to the economic collapse and already-existing challenges within the industry," the statement reads.
"South Africa and the world have lost two phenomenal thespians," said the minister, describing Menzi as "an icon, an acting aficionado" and Noxolo as "one of South Africa's greatest actresses of our time".
"She was a sterling performer who gave her best at every role that she took on".
See more tributes below:
Rest In Peace Queen Noxolo Maqashalala. I will always remember your strong commanding voice and passion in your screen performances on Tsha Tsha, Generations, Intersections and Rythm City.. Lala Ngoxolo sisi.. #RIPNoxoloMaqashalala pic.twitter.com/tSC3owpfFe— Khanyi Magubane (@Khanyi_Magubane) March 13, 2021