Prolific playwright and actor dies

Danny Moleko Photo: Facebook

The Mangaung community received news that another one of its pioneers of arts in the province has passed away. Playwright, actor and former Macufe director, Danny Moleko, is said to have died over the weekend.

Colleague of Moleko, Wits Lesenyeho, said that the passing of Moleko, who was one of the biggest role players in the city’s theatre and arts, was sad and proved to be a loss to Mangaung’s theatre community. “He was a great, humble person and a prolific writer of note. He was a dedicated artist who would always keep his smile, even when things looked difficult to overcome. He was undoubtedly a Christian, reading Scripture for us every day at the theatre before we started work,” Lesenyeho said, describing Moleko’s character.

He also said Moleko, who was affectionately known as “Bra Da” to those around him, seldom complained, was often very giving and always encouraged those around to try to achieve more that they think they were capable of.

“I called him 5-in-1 because he knew everything in the industry. Everything he did turned into gold. He was a friend, colleague, fellow-artist and a mentor to most of us,” Lesenyeho said.

News of Moleko’s death follows after news that author and journalist Moloasi “Flaxman” Qoopane,  another stalwart of the Mangaung arts fraternity, died on Wednesday 22 November.

Moleko has worked with theatre giants such as Mongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa among others. Details on his memorial service and funeral will be communicated in due course. Bloemfontein Courant-