Sandy Mokwena, the well-known South African actor affectionately known as Bra Eddie, passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning of natural causes. He was 68.
Mokwena was loved for his role as Bra Eddie Khumalo in the popular e.tv soap opera, Scandal!.
He also appeared in various other television shows, including Okavango, Generations, Khululeka, Soul City, Going Up, Yizo Yizo, Justice for All and Zero Tolerance.
From 1972 to 1984, Mokwena toured the world with the cast of Ipi Tombi, a 1974 musical written by Bertha Egnos Godfrey and Gail Lakier. Mokwena played the role of Cappie, who was also the musical’s narrator.
His colourful acting career and vibrant personality will be sorely missed by those accustomed to seeing him on their television screens, and those lucky enough to have worked with him.
Social media platform Twitter saw tributes pour in for the actor. Here are some of the tweets:
We extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends & colleagues of veteran actor Sandy Mokwena who has sadly passed on. As early as 1972 he embarked on a world tour with the cast of the musical "Ipi Tombi". He later played roles in Scandal, Generations, Soul City & Yizo Yizo pic.twitter.com/xWkadZ9pUr
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) January 25, 2018
My time at Scandal was made beautiful by Ntate Sandy Mokwena. He didn't want me to cry on my last day there and said we'd meet again. O ntaetse sentle and were so encouraging of my move. Until we meet again Papa. Struggling to take it in. ????
— Dineo Moeketsi (@therealdineo) January 25, 2018
2018 is on another level!
Robala ka kagiso! pic.twitter.com/czf4ttmaXq
— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) January 25, 2018
— #DJSbuBreakfast (@DJSbuBreakfast) January 25, 2018
— David Genaro (@BoringGenaro) January 25, 2018
Heh banna 2018????Bra Hugh AND Bra Eddie in one week?!? Ishu????
— yhu ha.a???? (@stretchmarkjane) January 25, 2018
— VINCENT ▼ (@Vincie_SA) January 25, 2018
Rest In Peace #SandyMokwena aka Bra Eddie on Scandal.
Heaven couldn't wait for you ♫????????#RIPBraEddie ????
— ♡Melanin♡ (@_NombuleloM) January 25, 2018
Most of us didn't even know bra Eddie's real name until today#RIPBraEddie
— TSHEPO (@iBSapphire) January 25, 2018
— SA State Theatre (@SAST_PR) January 25, 2018
bra Eddie was a relational character on Scandal and TV as a whole, ALWAYS sound and fatherly…(Scandal never lost its plot with that character ????). Thanks for gracing us bra Eddie, now go rest in peace????????
— IG: phel_z (@Pheladi_24) January 25, 2018