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Veteran actress Nomhle Nkonyeni dies at 77

BY 10.07.19

Veteran South African actress Nomhle Nkonyeni has died.

Nkonyeni's nephew, Vusi Manapha, confirmed that she died at 4.30am on Wednesday.

The actress, who received the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver earlier this year, had been in hospital since Friday.

In June, Nkonyeni, 77,  expressed her joy at having Aggrey Road in New Brighton, where she grew up, renamed in her honour.

“I grew up in New Brighton. My relationship with that street is my church, Arthur Wellington Church, which was built in 1945. “I spent most of the week in that street – on Monday I would attend the little girls’ prayer, on Wednesday I was there, on Friday we visited the temple. I spent a lot of time there. “Every day of the week I was in Aggrey and asked myself who is Aggrey? Who is Gratten? Who are these people. “I feel honoured to have a street in my honour. They are handing the name over to Nomhle Nkonyeni, who grew up in that dusty township of New Brighton.”

Earlier this year Nkonyeni, describing the 50 years she had spent in the industry, said it would take her “forever” to talk about the work she had done.

Nkonyeni has been in numerous television and stage productions, including her most recent role in Scandal! on e.tv.

She has also held her own in several series like Igazi and Gaz’lam, among many others.

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