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South Africa's beloved actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards has died

7 June 2021 10:31 AM
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Shalene Surtie-Richards

Artscape's Marlene Le Roux pays tribute to the multi-award-winning 66-year-old actress.
  • Shalene Surtie-Richards has died aged 66
  • Surtie-Richards was a South African icon in TV, film, and theatre

Shaleen Surtie-Richards. Picture: Facebook.

Marlene Le Roux says waking up to the news of her passing is a shock.

You didn't expect it. I know she had diabetes. She had some illness, but she was such a fighter. She was always that person who always stood up

Marlene Le Roux, CEO - Artscape

She was an iconic figure coming from a teacher's background from the Northern Cape, taking a dream and being one of the first person's of colour to be on the stage of Artscape in Fiela se Kind.

Marlene Le Roux, CEO - Artscape

The role made Surtie-Richards famous, but it also paved the way for so many other persons of colour to be on the stage, she adds.

She became a household name being part of Nenna of Egoli.

Marlene Le Roux, CEO - Artscape

Le Roux says aside from illness, she along with many artists suffered financially during the Covid-19 lockdown.

At Artscape today we will definitely lower our flag for this iconic woman.

Marlene Le Roux, CEO - Artscape



7 June 2021 10:31 AM
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Shalene Surtie-Richards

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