President leads tributes to legendary actress


SOUTH Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has led the nation in paying warm tributes to legendary film, TV and stage actress, Shaleen Surtie-Richards.

Surtie-Richards, 66, a winner of many awards, was found dead at a guest house in Cape Town, where she was filming the KykNet series Arendsvlei.

Ramaphosa offered his sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late performer. “We have lost a household performer whose distinctive energy, artistic versatility and humility touched generations of South Africans for more than three decades.  On stage and screen Shaleen Surtie-Richards held a mirror to our unjust past and gave us hope for our future as a nation,” he said.

South African from all walks of life also took to social media to pay tributes to Surtie-Richards.


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