Actress’ death: Mphepo shattered

19 Nov, 2021 - 10:11 0 Views
Actress’ death: Mphepo shattered The late Sitshengisiwe Olinda Siziba


Trust Khosa, Assistant News  Editor

Revered theatre practitioner Jason Mphepo, who gave the late actress Sitshengisiwe Olinda Siziba exposure at Patsime Trust, is devastated.

The theatre practitioner said Sitshengisiwe’s death has left them empty and shattered.

Jasen Mphepo

The versatile actress, dancer and choreographer was founded dead at her Glen Lorne apart early this week.


She stayed alone and the family is yet to ascertain the cause of her death through post-mortem.


She was 43.


As condolence messages continue pouring, fellow creatives are still in shock since she was health and fit at the time of her death.


Mphepo who worked with Sitshengisiwe since 2003 told H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle that he was gutted.


“She was a people’s person, fun loving, outspoken, one of the brainy female artists we had and also a mentor to many young female artists.


“I first met her whilst she was dancing for Mambokadzi with the likes of Enisia Mashusha.


“I was introduced to her by my younger brother Nash Mphepo as we were recruiting for people to work with.


“I started working with her in 2003, then we had just started running the ‘Buddies for Love’ project which targeted young people in schools,” he said.


Mphepo, who now runs Jason Mphepo Little Theatre where the actress was also a familiar face, said Sitshengisiwe was committed to her work.


“She was dedicated and committed to her work so much and always brought in interesting ideas.


“She wrote our Pfuma short film series which landed Patsime several NAMA awards for Best Screenplay, Best Female Artist and Best Male Artist.


“To me she was a legend and will remain so. She discovered her interest for writing as she penned several communities based scripts we used for our community engagement programmes including recently penning the radio drama Shelea which aired on radio Star FM last year,” he said.


Mphepo said is still vividly remember the last conversation and pans they had together.


“Our last conversation was during the burial of George Tanjani whom barely two months ago we laid to rest.


“I am gutted at the untimely deaths of these two. I feel hopeless. It’s a painful time for us.


“We have lost a mother, sister, friend, laughing buddy. The theatre sector has been robbed of a hero,” said Mphepo who hailed the late arts practitioner for her Humility, Obedience and Objectivity.


Mphepo has worked with the late Sitshengisiwe in a number of projects comprising Suburb D, (Pfuma 1,2,3), Amfumu and the The funeral.

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