Veteran actor Nyembezi Kunene, who was best known in South Africa for his role as Mcunu in Emzini Wezinsizwa, has died aged 57.
He appeared in almost everything; from Gaz’lam to the award winning soapie Generations, as well as serving as production assistant of tv series documentaries which include the Great Railway Journeys (1994) and Cape Town to the Lost City (1994).
Most recently, he guest starred in Ring of Lies and Umlilo.
His son told eNCA that he died at Lesedi hospital in Soweto.
Nyembezi appeared in numerous hit shows from the 1990s – including Soul City, Vat ‘n Sit, Gaz’Lam, Abo Mzala, Intersexions, Generations and Isibaya among others.
Nyembezi’s son – Sonqoba also took to Facebook in a lengthy note to pay tribute to his father.
“A few hours ago, a legend departed this land. The great Nyembezi Kunene – actor, director, playwright and producer, has passed on.
Following a prolonged illness, Nyemza lost his battle with Diabetes and died peacefully at the Lesedi Hospital in Soweto, late on Saturday evening.
He will be remembered for his many roles he played in various TV and Film productions in a career spanning well over three decades. May his soul Rest In Peace.
You fought a great fight, a hero to the end. We will miss you Nyemza. This is the final curtain call, after decades spent entertaining South African audiences.
You stayed true to your craft till the end. You were a great father and your teachings will live on, not only in your children’s lives, but also in the lives of many of your works and passion for the performing arts have changed. Hambe kahle Mntimande! Bambolunye! Ngwenya! Madonsela! Rest in Peace Baba...”