South Africans have never been able to ignore the reality of the loss of so many legendary celebrities in such a short period of time. In addition to the pandemic, it has been tough to accept the passing of so many iconic celebrities.
Many of them left this world much too soon, but not before they made significant contributions and built a name for themselves.
Some of our most beloved celebrities who have passed away are listed below.
Joseph Shabalala, Age: 78
As the bandleader who propelled the South African vocal harmony group Ladysmith Black Mambazo to international fame, Joseph Shabalala is as famous as they come. His death in a Pretoria hospital was revealed early last week; the report said that the cause of death had not yet been determined.
Vinolia, 57 Years Old
As well as her role as Hilda Letlalo on the SABC1 serial opera Generations, Vanolia was well-known for hosting the music show Jam Alley in the ’90s. The singer returned to the entertainment industry after an extended hiatus to host the music program “PLS Call Me” on Mzansi Magic.
Midway through the year, Vinolia’s body was discovered by her father Collins and younger sister Prelley Seale at their Mamelodi house; she had died of natural causes.
Ngema Sipho, Age: 47
Famed Rhythm City actor Sipho Ngema passed away in a Johannesburg hospital due to heart failure brought on by pulmonary hypertension.
Biggie, Age 29
Ngcebo Mdima, Biggie, used to blow us all away with his ngom tunes when he played them at the clubs. Sadly, his music will now only live on in our memories. Congestive heart failure was supposedly the cause of Biggie’s death.
Mary Twala, Age 80
When it comes to acting and live performances, Mary Twala is a legend unto herself. Many honors have been bestowed upon Mary, but the highest is the Order of Ikhamanga (silver) of South Africa, which was bestowed upon her by President Cyril Ramaphosa for her exceptional achievement in the arts.
Mary Twala lived an eventful life and was widely respected and mourned until her untimely death from Covid-19 at the start of July.
Zindzi Mandela’s birthday, Age 59
Famous diplomat and poet Zindziswa “Zindzi” Mandela is the daughter of anti-apartheid campaigners and politicians Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
There were reports that Zindzi tested positive for COVID-19, but her family is now waiting for an autopsy report before determining whether or not the virus played a factor in her death.
Allen Booi, Age 77
Actor Allen Booi is well-known for his starring role as Mike in the SABC1 drama series Tsha Tsha from 2003 to 2006. After Nine, Diamond in the Rough, and many others from 2007 all featured him as Godfrey Xaba in contentious SABC1 miniseries. Hypertensive chronic heart failure apparently claimed Allen’s life in his Johannesburg home.
Bob Mabena, Age 51
Bob Mabena, manager of Power FM and host of the morning show, was another legend in his own right. Many South Africans were saddened by Mabena’s untimely death from a cardiac arrest.
Mshoza, Age 37
Nomasonto Maswanganyi, better known by her stage name Mshoza, was a kwaito singer who started her career when she was 15 but died at the age of 24 from problems related to diabetes.
Menzi Ngubane, Age 56
Ngubane is a household name in South Africa, where he has earned a reputation as a famous actor. Menzi Ngubane passed away due to complications from diabetes and kidney failure.
Noxolo Maqashalala, Age 44.
Noxolo “Noxy” Maqashalala was a stunning actress with a strong character who left a lasting impression on the industry. Noxolo’s body was discovered in her Honeydew, Johannesburg, apartment, and her death was ruled an accident.