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Tributes for SA actor, filmmaker

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

SHONA Ferguson was one of South Africa’s biggest contributors to the film industry, and his untimely death has left a large hole, his friends and fans have said.

Tributes poured in from fans, fellow acting colleagues and industry members – all of whom said the actor was someone who led some of the country’s filming industry to success and opened doors for others.

Ferguson died in Johannesburg at the age of 47 from Covid-19 related complications.

“The loss of great industry contributor is something that we can never get used to. An iconic man, who led the success of many locally brewed productions. May these stories live on,” wrote South African organisation, Actor Spaces, on Twitter.

South African sports broadcaster Robert Marawa said: “An innovator and a pioneer!! Words fail us in comforting your beloved wife @Connie_Ferguson, your Family that you loved so much & ur colleagues…. 

Such a tragic day. Such a loss. Go well gentle giant!! (sic) (sic) #RIPShonaFerguson”

A fan, Jeany Motlokoa, passionately wrote: “My heart goes out to Connie. He loved her out loud and their kids Broken heartBroken heartBroken heartBroken heart

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Thato ya Ntate Modimo e bohloko ka nnete. #RIPShonaFerguson.”

My heart goes out to Connie. He loved her out loud and their kids 💔💔💔💔
Thato ya Ntate Modimo e bohloko ka nnete #RIPShonaFerguson 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/nXte0JU3S8

— Jeany M 📚🐛 (@JeanyMotlokoa) July 30, 2021
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My heart goes out to Connie. He loved her out loud and their kids 💔💔💔💔
Thato ya Ntate Modimo e bohloko ka nnete #RIPShonaFerguson 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/nXte0JU3S8

— Jeany M 📚🐛 (@JeanyMotlokoa) July 30, 2021

Scandal!, a soap opera that Ferguson appeared on, wrote: “Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of television producer and actor, Shona Ferguson. We will forever cherish the moments you shared with us here at Scandal.”

“Absolutely tragic! Shona Ferguson was still so young. Such a sad and tremendous loss for South Africa. 

“My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Connie, the Ferguson family and loved ones. #RIPShonaFerguson,” wrote Ulrich Janse van Vuuren. 

South African actress Linda Mtoba sent her heartfelt tributes to the actor’s family. “What a sad day in South Africa, what a loss. My heartfelt condolences to Sis’Connie and the Ferguson family.”

Another fan, Kgali, sent in their tribute with a heartfelt memory of the actor with wife Connie Ferguson. “My favorite video of him and Connie Loudly crying faceTwo hearts. They were really happy together, yoh.”

As more messages of condolences poured in, many fans also highlighted some of Ferguson’s iconic roles, including his role as the ruthless Jackson Bogatsu in Rockville, and one of his most recent (and polar opposite roles) in The Queen as police officer Jerry Maake. 

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@kealey wrote: “He gave us jerry maake. a television character that goes down in history as one of the best this country has ever seen. i am going to miss that man’s talent.”

Bietjie said: “Jerry Maake was such a brilliant character. Shona really made sure there.”

“I will always remember this iconic role Uncle Sho portrayed as Jerry Maake – robala ka kagiso,” tweeted Sheldon Cameron.

“R.I.P Uncle Sho, Shona Ferguson, No one will ever do it like Jerry Maake,” said Ofentse.

By The African Mirror

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