Veteran South African actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards was laid to rest on Sunday at the Durbanville Memorial Park in Cape Town.
The stage and TV star who was well-known for her iconic characters such as Fiela in the 1988 film Fiela se Kind and TV soap opera Egoli, passed away on Monday at a guest house in Cape Town, however, the cause of her death was not revealed.
The 66-year-old was reported to have been severely ill. The veteran actress was granted a Category 2 Special Provincial funeral approved by President Cyril Ramaphosa. “We have lost a household performer whose distinctive energy, artistic versatility, and humility touched generations of South Africans for more than three decades,” he said.
Family and friends gathered to say their final goodbyes as they reminisced on the life of the actress. The veteran actress was portrayed as a loving and funny aunt, who always stood up to the truth.
Family spokesperson Alistair Izobell said: “it’s a very moving moment just to understand that she is being embraced and celebrated for her contribution to the incredible body of work that we have as brown people in this country, to the arts industry.” The funeral was also attended by people such as the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, and Police Minister Bheki Cele.