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Late veteran actor Menzi Ngubane gets SAFTA recognition

The late South African veteran actor Menzi Ngubane has been posthumously nominated for a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) a month after his death.

The actor who died on 13 March after suffering a stroke at home was celebrated as one of the greatest actors in the country. Today the star has been nominated in the Best Actor category for his role as Judas Ngwenya on Telenovela Isibaya.

Menzi died at the age of 56 and is survived by his wife and two daughters. At the time of his death he had suffered health problems that began as organ failure in 2012 but he then underwent a kidney transplant in 2014.

He is nominated alongside The River’s Presley Chweneyagae and Dawid Minnaar of Legacy.

Meanwhile Telenovela The River has dominated the nominations list by scoring 12 nods. It shares the leading tally with new show Legacy which plays on M-Net.’s Rhythm City which is set to come to an end this July was also recognized as the Best TV Soap alongside 7de Lean and Scandal! Rhythm City also had some of its actors nominated in various categories.

Twitter was abuzz after users discovered that one of the best shows, Skeem Saam was snubbed from the nominations list of Best TV Soap.

The #SAFTAs began trending as some users accused organizers of the Awards for having a bias towards other shows. However, the show had three nominations for Best Actress- TV Soap (Shoki Mmola who plays the role of Celia Kunutu) and Best Supporting Actor- TV Soap (Molefi Monaisa who plays the role of Wallet and Mothusi Magano known for his role as Tumishang on the soap)

The 15th edition of the awards will take place 22 May.