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2021 SAFTAs Winners, Snubs and Surprises of the Night

The River lead Sindi Dlathu, once again, scooped the 'Best Actress' nod, while Menzi Ngubane was honoured with a posthumous 'Best Actor' award at the 15th South African Film and Television awards (SAFTAs).

This year's 15th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), which took place this past weekend, were absolutely riveting. The annual award show has grown since the inclusion of shows from streaming platforms such as Showmax and Netflix, which are pitted against traditional silver screen shows. However, the fierce competition has proven that local productions still have a loyal audience, and that South Africa's international audience is lapping up all the juicy plots. Netflix's How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding was the biggest winner of the night after bagging six awards. Previous all-round winner The River followed closely with its lead actress and co-executive producer Sindi Dlathu scoring her second "Best Actress" award for her Lindiwe Dikana role.

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Menzi Ngubane Gave Us Everything of Himself in These 10 Roles

As South Africa mourns the passing of veteran actor Menzi Ngubane, we bring you 10 explosive roles he performed in the way only he knew how.

Veteran South African actor Menzi Ngubane passed away this past Saturday from reported stroke complications. He was 56. It would be an understatement to say that his contribution to the entertainment industry is significant, it is far more than that.

Ngubane's illustrious three-decade acting career saw him become a beloved actor to many South Africans—young and old. Many of his characters developed legacies of their own and lived beyond the respective television show or film.

Born in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, Ngubane landed his breakout role in 1987 as Cijimpi in the Zulu drama series Kwakhala Nyonini. From thereon, Ngubane would establish himself over the years as a bonafide television villain in the various characters that everyone absolutely hated but was thoroughly entertained by. Before South Africa had contemporary television thugs in Warren Masemola and Daniel Hadebe, we had Israel Makoe and Ngubane—the latter arguably outperforming them all.

A giant has truly fallen. They don't quite make them as colourful as they did Ngubane anymore. And so in honour of the enduring legacy that Ngubane now leaves behind, here are 10 roles wherein he showed his captivating skill and damn near perfect ability to leave an audience in awe.

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