- President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a tribute to Shaleen Surtie-Richards but the Mzansi entertainment industry was not impressed
- Ramaphosa praised Surtie-Richards for her contribution to the entertainment industry and said that she will be missed
- Mzansi actors and other social media users were not happy with Ramaphosa and dragged him for not passing a new bill
Many South Africans have reacted negatively to President Cyril Ramaphosa's homage to late actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards. The 66-year-old seasoned and much-loved actress passed away on Monday.
She was discovered dead in a guest house in Cape Town where she had been residing while filming the TV show Arendsvlei. Her relatives speculated on what might have caused her death, claiming she had diabetes and heart problems.
While this was not confirmed as the official cause of death, the family indicated they were waiting for the results of the autopsy. On Tuesday, Ramaphosa expressed regret for her passing and condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.
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“On stage and screen, Shaleen Surtie-Richards held a mirror to our unjust past and gave us hope for our future as a nation. May her soul rest in peace,” said Ramaphosa.
Actors Jack Devnarain, Masasa Mbangeni, and Lizz Meiring responded to the president's condolences by criticizing him for not signing the long-awaited Copyright Amendment Bill and Performers' Protection Amendment Bill.
Take a look at the reactions below:
Mzansi mourned the untimely passing of the veteran actress
Briefly News previously reported that Mzansi reacted to the passing of entertainment veteran Shaleen Surtie-Richards. Mzansi actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards has died. On Monday, the actress was discovered dead in a guest house near Cape Town.
Shaleen was best recognised for her roles as Ester Willemse in the M-Net soap series Egoli: Place Of Gold and as Fiela in the 1988 film Fiela se Kind.
The actress' family is going to release a statement at a later stage but it was reported by News24 that she had experienced trouble breathing.
"She's been struggling with her health lately. She's had complications with her lungs and has struggled to breath, but the cause of her death is not yet known. She was in Cape Town to film scenes for the kykNET telenovela, 'Arendsvlei'," said actress Lizz Meiring.
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