The family of actress Mary Makgatho confirmed that the celebrated actress has died after complications from a fall in July 2017.
Carlynn de Waal-Smit who’s Makgatho’s casting manager also confirmed that Makgatho died after spending the past few weeks in hospital.
“It’s true I just got off the phone with her sister Rose, who confirmed that she passed away. Mary was admitted into high care on 10 July after injuring herself after she fell,” Waal-Smit said.
South African Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa took to Twitter to extend his condolences to her family.
The veteran actress who was sometimes called Mary Makhatho was a popular South African actress. She was famous for playing the character “Thandi” in the film Duma. Duma was produced and directed by Carroll Ballard in 2005.
Mary Makhatho Career
The veteran actress has been seen on a number of TV shows. She has played numerous roles such as the role of Esther Mamoruti Tlhong in the SABC2 sitcom Ga Re Dumele. Mary Makgatho played Mamoruti Tlhong from 2010 to 2013. She also played the character, Councillor in Yizo Yizo.
She also played the role of Nelly in the e.tv drama series eKasi: Our Stories in 2010. Mary Makhatho was seen in the episode entitled “Sugar Mommy” (Season 2, Episode 4). She also starred as Mosumbuka on the SABC2 drama series Mamello from 2015 to 2016.
Mary Makgatho was also seen in many top soapies in South Africa. She played roles in Generations, Rhythm City and Greed & Desire. Fans of the e.tv soapie Rhythm City would have known her as Connie. On Generations, she played Puleng. She also played Refiloe on Mzansi Magic’s Greed & Desire.
Makgatho, one of the pioneers of the South African TV industry, made her debut on the e.tv soap in 2008.
Since then she’s been on and off the series in a supporting role. She plays Connie, who lives in Mahikeng, North West, and regularly visits her sister Lucilla in Gauteng.
“It does not really bother me that I’m not a regular on the soapie, what’s important is that the character doesn’t die and comes alive now and again,” she said.
“I know the call will come for a shoot and I will be able to put bread on the table and pay the bills. That keeps me going.”
Connie is emotional and erratic because of the misfortunes that have befallen her.