South Africans have united in paying their final respects to the late television star, Sindi Buthelezi, after news of her passing was confirmed on Tuesday (July 27) was confirmed by her family.
Buthelezi (32) was well known country for her role as Zinhle Mathe – Chopper’s girlfriend on the popular SABC sopie a few years ago. Her other prominent TV role included Ntombi in the 12th season of SABC 1’s HIV/Aids drama Soul City. Sindi also briefly appeared as a news anchor in Isibaya. She appeared as Patience Khumalo in the eTV show, Ashes to Ashes as a guest performer five years ago.
Since then, she has been an influencial figure to many young people in her community. Sindi was celebrated throughout her hometown of Ratanda, located in the south of Gauteng.
Celebrities, fans and politicians took to social media to express their sadness over the passing of Sindi.
The Democratic Alliance shadow minister of Sports, Ars and Culture Tsepo Mhlongo tweeted: “The
@Our_DA sends our heartfelt condolences to the family of actress Sindi Buthelezi Former Generations and Ashes to Ashes star. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
The Lesedi sub-regional chairperson of the Black First, Land First movement also shared their condolences an organization. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Family and friends. Sindi Buthelezi(Zinhle) soul is now at peace. May our condolences bring you comfort, and may our prayers ease the pain of this loss,” said Thuto Motsepe.
A friend of Sindi, Modiehi Lephuting shared her grief on Facebook, saying: “Mara Sindi Buthelezi just the other we went for a photo shoot and we were ready to explore our business plan and now you are gone just like that.”
The cause of her death is yet to be made public by her family, who will release a public statement regarding memorial and funeral proceedings soon.