Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has sent its condolences to the family of renowned South African actress Nomhle Nkonyeni who died on Wednesday, aged 77. 

In a statement, the metro said that the actress used her talent to contribute to South Africa’s struggle for freedom. 

“She was still actively practicing her craft with her wealth of experience to empower young actors and encouraging them to get involved in arts and culture in the City,” the municipality said. 

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Nkonyeni hails from New Brighton in Port Elizabeth, a township that is also home to Winston Ntshona and John Kani. Aggrey Road in New Brighton was renamed in her honour. She was best known for her roles in Tsha-Tsha and international films Red Dust and Catch a Fire. 

On Facebook, condolences have poured in for the actress with many thanking her for her contribution to the arts. 

Earlier this year Nkonyeni was recognised and honoured with a National Order of Ikhamanga in Silver by President Cyril Ramaphosa – an accolade given to South Africans that have excelled in the fields of Arts and Culture, Music, Journalism and Sport. 

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South Africans took to Twitter to send their condolences; 

-ANA, Editing by Lindiz van Zilla