Veteran stage and screen actress Nomhle Nkonyeni has died at the age of 77.
Nkonyeni’s most recent role was Lulama Langa in Scandal!, an etv soap opera.
The South African government shared their condolences to the family of the actress.
“She will be remembered for her excellent contribution to the performing arts. Earlier this year, she was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver. Ugqatso ulifezile!” a government statement reads.
Earlier this year, Nkonyeni was awarded the prestigious honour by President Cyril Ramaphosa for excellence in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism or sport.
She will be buried in her hometown, Port Elizabeth, Friday July 19.
Nkonyeni died at a Port Elizabeth hospital after a short illness. She has had several roles in her decades-long career in television, film and theatre.