JOHANNESBURG – Actor Sandy Mokwena, best known for his role as Bra Eddie Khumalo in e.tv soapie Scandal!, has died, aged 68.
Mokwena appeared in numerous other television series including Generations, Soul City, Okavango, Khululeka, Going Up, Yizo Yizo, Justice for All and Zero Tolerance.
Mokwena acted in feature films Taxi to Soweto, The Principal, Dead End and Scarback.
He also toured the world with hit musical Ipi Tombi in the 70’s and 80’s, playing the role of the narrator, Cappie.
Scandal executive producer, Ilse van Hemert described him as one of the best actors in the industry.
She said, “Bra Eddie was a giant in the industry, but also with us. He was the anchor of the acting team. The amount of actors who learnt the discipline from him.
He is somebody who never made any fuss about anything. Whatever we wanted him to do he would do it. He was an absolute stalwart.
“It was important that when there was a new actor that was being introduced, that we have some scene with bra Eddie to find his feet with somebody who becomes like a father to him.
“He is a very quiet man, a man of few words. He was like the character he played, Eddie Khumalo. He will be sadly sadly missed.”
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends & colleagues of veteran actor Sandy Mokwena who has sadly passed on. As early as 1972 he embarked on a world tour with the cast of the musical "Ipi Tombi". He later played roles in Scandal, Generations, Soul City & Yizo Yizo pic.twitter.com/xWkadZ9pUr
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) January 25, 2018
— Mmabatho Montsho (@MmabathoMontsho) January 25, 2018
R I P Sandy Mokwena 🎬 I grew up watching you from a box tv to a plasma tv all this amazing years 📺 and each and every single day until today I was always ready to watch you. May your soul Rest In Peace, I’ll always remember you for your talent and ambition #BraEddie pic.twitter.com/7Sqpy2VrW0
— Innocent (@Innomatijane) January 25, 2018
My time at Scandal was made beautiful by Ntate Sandy Mokwena. He didn't want me to cry on my last day there and said we'd meet again. O ntaetse sentle and were so encouraging of my move. Until we meet again Papa. Struggling to take it in. 💔
— Dineo Moeketsi (@therealdineo) January 25, 2018
— Madiepetsane Motaung (@madiepetsane2) January 25, 2018
— Azee (@TheRealAzee_RSA) January 25, 2018