The fans and loved ones of the popular South African actress Thandeka Mdeliswa, have been left in a sorrowful state after the screen goddess was shot dead at her family home in Evander, Mpumalanga.
The actress who is famous for her starring role as Khanya in the SABC 1 drama series Ikani, is reported to have walked in on an argument between her older brother and two men on Thursday, September 3. The argument became heated and one of the men is said to have grabbed a gun from his friend and shot at Thandeka.
Although she was rushed to the hospital as she did not die immediately but she later gave up the ghost. In a statement that was released yesterday, her family said;
“It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing on of our dearest daughter.
“She was shot in Evander, Mpumalanga on Thursday 3 September 2020. She was immediately rushed to Evander hospital, stabilised then airlifted to Witbank after which she was transferred to Steve Biko Academic Hospital (Pretoria) as her condition was critical but stable. She passed on in the morning of the 5th September 2020 (Saturday).”
She was described by her family as,
“a young, talented and inspirational actress which her family and community were looking to see flourish”.
“The brutality which was inflicted on our daughter has left us deeply hurt. This is another incident of violence against women (Gender Based Violence) which our country has to fight against. We believe that justice will be served,” the statement said.
The police have been able to identify the owner of the gun as Hlathi and also appealed for information regarding the star’s tragic death.
The police statement said that they are currently investigating the matter and no arrest has been made. The statement read;
“We are currently investigating this matter and we have not arrested anyone. Yesterday, we brought the owner of the gun to book and we were advised to get the person who pulled the trigger. We are busy with our investigation. Anyone with information that can assist should approach the Evander Police Station or any police station around.”
SABC sent its condolences to her family, adding it was even more disturbed by news reports that her death came as a result of gunshot wounds in an apparent gender-based violence incident.
“The South African television industry has indeed been robbed of a young, talented and promising life, violently and senselessly taken away from our society in its prime.”