THE life of late Gomora actor Siyabonga Zubane was celebrated with music on Thursday, 12 May.
A memorial service was held for him at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein, with performances by his friends, gospel stars, Pastor Lungi Ndala and bands like Beyond Vocal and Hush SA.
Loved ones shared on how the 23-year-old, who died by suicide, was full of life.
Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of Gomora, executive producer Lulu Hela said: “Anyone who knew him loved him. It’s still strange having to speak about him in the past tense. When we had auditions for Gomora, even though he wasn’t suitable for any of the roles, we knew we wanted him.”
Lulu added that initially, his role was only written for a few episodes.
“But because of the energy he infused, we had to continue. We had really exciting plans for his character. It breaks our hearts that it now has to be on standstill. He was a gifted performer and loved acting with all his heart,” she said.
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She also thanked his family, and said they would miss the actor.
“Thank you for lending us your gifted son over this period. I know I speak for the whole Seriti Films when I say it was an absolute privilege to work with him. He was light. Siya, we will miss your laughter, hugs and fun playful spirit. Personally, I’ll miss you asking me: ‘Manje sister, what’s next for Sdumz?’ We cannot imagine Gomora without you,” she said.
Siyabonga’s uncle Bonginkosi Zubane said had they known the actor was suicidal, they would have done something to help him.
“There’s a lot I can say about Siya. From growing up to everyone who knew him – he was the way everyone described him. He was always laughing. I don’t remember seeing him upset or angry. I know that we are all heartbroken. So, may we all be comforted, from the family to everyone who came here on this painful day,” he said.
Siyabonga will be buried on Saturday, 14 May.