“A legend departed this land. The great Nyembezi Kunene – actor, director, playwright and producer, has passed on. Following a prolonged illness, Nyemza lost his battle with Diabetes and died peacefully at the Lesedi Hospital in Soweto, late on Saturday evening.” Those were the words of Kunene’s son in a Facebook post announcing the departure of his dad.
Kunene massively earned our love and admiration between 2007 and 2009 when he starred as Jabulani Dlomomin in SABC1 soapie – ‘Generations’.
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He’s known for his security guard role as Macingwane in the situation comedy – Emzini Wezinsizwa, and his most recent role was on the e.tv’s ‘Scandal’.
Like Kunene’s son said, he will indeed be remembered for his numerous and interesting roles.
“May his soul Rest In Peace. You fought a great fight, a hero to the end. We will miss you Nyemza. This is the final curtain call, after decades spent entertaining South African audiences. You stayed true to your craft till the end.
You were a great father and your teachings will live on, not only in your children’s lives, but also in the lives of many your work and passion for the performing arts have changed. Hambe kahle Mntimande! Bambolunye! Ngwenya! Madonsela! Rest in Peace Baba…,” Kunene’s son Sonqoba Kunene added.
Confirming his death, a family spokesman state that the legend is truly late and was a great man.
“Whenever he was home he always taught us to respect each other, love each other, work with each other, which is exactly what we are doing now. He would be so proud, so we have a legacy that’s so different from how South Africans perceive him, or how they have known him over the years.
When he is home, he seats at his office, he writes all day, he loved his work, I mean I have never seen such dedication from one man. That’s the man he was, he was there whenever we needed him.”
Kunene is survived by his wife and four children. RIP Nyembezi Kunene, please pay your tributes to the people’s legend.