CURTAIN FALLS ON BRA NOKS

THE curtain has fallen on one of Soweto's most celebrated film and theatre actors of the vibrant 1970s. Enoch Mahamba Mkhambi died after a long illness last week at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital aged 82.

THE curtain has fallen on one of Soweto's most celebrated film and theatre actors of the vibrant 1970s. Enoch Mahamba Mkhambi died after a long illness last week at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital aged 82.

Bra Noks, as he was affectionately known in social circles and by the Orlando East community, appeared in films and on stage with legends such as Simon Sabela, Ndaba Mhlongo, Joe Mafela and Cynthia Shange. He appeared in films such as Tigers Don't Cry, Isivumelwano, Jim Comes to Joburg, uDeliwe and Nkunz'emnyama. He also ventured into theatre and was a drummer and dancer in the production Mzumba.

He was a humble and friendly individual, endowed with a plethora of talents, and who always spoke of his family with pride.

Born on June 28 1928 in Prospect township, he was the fourth of Charles and Sarah Mkhambi's seven children. Enoch completed his schooling at Orlando High School. In 1950 he married Josephine Kgasoane and they were blessed with three sons and two daughters. He was a member of the Orlando Choristers and the Kings of Harmony choirs.

Bra Noks has left a void in the hearts of his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, four children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The service starts at 4898 Madlala Street, Orlando East, at 8am tomorrow and mourners will proceed to Christ the King Catholic Church at 10am. The cortège will leave for Lenasia Cemetery at 11.30am.

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