The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) released a statement to the press on Saturday following the unexpected death of local TV icon, Shona Ferguson.
The 47-year-old died from Covid-19 related complications at Milpark hospital on Friday afternoon.
“The SABC is deeply saddened by the passing of former Muvhango actor Shona Ferguson who played the role of Dr. Leabua on the popular soapie. Mr Ferguson also appeared in Generations and Isidingo,” the statement read.
Merlin Naicker, the group executive of SABC video entertainment, added: “The industry has lost a great filmmaker and actor. He has left an indelible mark and his work will remain part of the South African Film and Television’s rich archives, and will serve as a great well of knowledge for the aspiring film makers and actors”.
Duma Ndlovu, executive producer for Word of Mouth, added his condolences: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ferguson family and fans during this difficult time, we are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear brother. We have lost a dedicated contributor in the film and television industry, who has been doing a remarkable work. We remember him for his unmistakable dedication and passion.”
Messages from fans and industry friends came streaming in on social media, with many expressing their heartache and disbelief.
Shona, who was married to Connie Ferguson, was the co-founder of Ferguson Films, responsible for popular productions like The Queen, Rockville and The River.