Actor Menzi Ngubane and father to be laid to rest
The funeral of veteran screen actor Menzi Ngubane will be held on Saturday, 20 March 2021. Ngubane’s father uBaba Ndodeni will also be laid to rest alongside him, during a joint funeral, which was announced earlier in the week. The funeral will take place at his hometown of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.
Ngubane died after suffering a stroke on Saturday, 13 March 2021. The actor was 56 years-old. His father died just days later. The actor leaves behind his wife and two daughters.
Ngubane has been gracing South African screens since the late 1980s, featuring prominently in TV dramas like Yizo Yizo, Isibaya and Generations.
Family, friends and the acting fraternity paid tribute to Ngubane during a memorial service at the Assemblies Of God Sandton Church on Thursday.
Sonia Sedibe on Menzi Ngubane: ‘He had presence’
While Menzi Ngubane boasts an impressive work history, many South Africans remember him for his role as the ruthless businessman Sibusiso Dhlomo on the hit soapie Generations. Fellow actress Sonia Sedibe, who played Ngubane’s wife on the show was visibly emotional as she spoke about his generosity and presence.
“That presence. I’m sure we all felt it. We all saw it, we all heard it. That’s Menzi Ngubane. Strong in presence and he’ll make his presence felt,” she said.
Another actor Thato Mulamu, who also worked with Ngubane on Generations, praised him for fighting for his colleagues.
“Menzi Ngubane fought and stood with us from 2013/4 and he still to this day believed the industry itself would change and build families, because it is very important that if you are giving of yourself and your children are watching you 20 years from now, they should benefit from the work that you’ve given,” he said.
Ngubane has been praised for being at the forefront of a fight for better pay, for him and his Generations co-stars.
Desiree Markgraaff, who worked with Ngubane on Isibaya, one of his most recent productions, also paid tribute to the star.