The Vaal legendary, Nyembezi Kunene was finally let go with a decent funeral that was widely attended by family and friends at the local Saul Tsotetsi Sports Centre in Sebokeng Zone 14.
Kunene who died after being hospitalized at Lesedi Private Clinic in Soweto was suffering from diabetes. In a massive funeral that was attended by friends and family including the Emfuleni Local Municipality executive Mayor, Simon Mofokeng, popular businessman Armstrong Motale and SABC Chief Operating Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Kunene was laid at Vanderbilpark cemetery.
Speaking about his friend and colleague, Jerry Phele “Mafokeng” of Emzini Wezinsizwa fame said it was an honor to have worked with Kunene in Emzini Wezinsizwa who was popularly known for his line ‘Let Him Go’.
“While it is sad to say goodbye to this talented actor, one has to accept and let him go with peace as he used to say during our productions,” said Phele.
The people’s poet Mzwakhe Mbuli recited a heartwarming poem in honor of Kunene during the ceremony. Meanwhile, the SABC’s Hlaudi Motsoeneng said Kunene’s talent obviously came from God and they will always miss him at the SABC. “This man has contributed wholeheartedly to SABC productions and his talent will surely be missed. We hope his family and children will be healed during this difficult time,” he added.
Kunene who was 58-years-old is survived by his wife Sizakele Kunene and four children. He’s elder son Sonqoba Kunene said his father was a humble person. “He was always humble and considerate even at home and I have learned a lot from him,” he said.
Kunene’s acting carrier saw him playing different roles on many soapie’s such as Mopheme, Generations, Emzini We Zinsizwa and recently on etv’s Scandal weekdays soapie. Kgotso Nkgatho said Kunene was a township king of soapie’s.
By Oupa Sefatsa and Fanelo Maseko