South African Cultural Observatory

State Theatre mourns death of Sibusiso Khwinana

BY 06.03.19

The council, management and staff of the South African State Theatre has learnt with shock about the death of actor, playwright, and director Sibusiso Khwinana.

He was killed during an alleged robbery incident on Friday, 1 March 2019.

As the State Theatre, we have been privileged a front seat view of Khwinana’s career rise to greatness and his life as a performer and storyteller. We still were expecting to see and experience more from him, but crime untimely robbed us of that dream when he had just encountered the biggest break in his career from being cast in our country’s biggest Kasi film, Matwetwe.

Khwinana will be greatly missed in our corridors, rehearsals and dressing rooms, and theatres as a hardworking, high-spirited storyteller who never stopped pushing. In 2016 he was amongst a few selected creatives to be given an opportunity to showcase works under our artistic development programme, The Incubator Programme sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture, which prepares semi-professional art practitioners for mainstream industry.

There he wrote and directed a hard-hitting stage play on homophobia and corrective rape in lesbians titled Amend. Last year he was entrusted with the responsibility of being a Stage and Production Manager for the South African team, curated by the State Theatre at the request of Honourable Minister of DAC, Mr Nathi Mthetwa, that was sent to represent the country at the People to People Cultural Exchange Programme hosted in China.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his immediate family and the artistic fraternity at large. We are together during this sombre moment of mourning. We further extend a call to law enforcement officers to bring those who are the architects of this loss to book.

Rest in Peace Sibusiso “Matwetwe” Khwinana! GONE TOO SOON.

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