By: Natasha Archary
Former Generations actress Sindi Buthelezi has died at the age of 32. Her sister Nonhlanhla Sikhakhane confirmed the news and shared that the family would release a statement later this Wednesday.
Details around her cause of death are unknown at this stage.
The actress was popular for her role as Zinhle Mathe on the soapie, having joined the cast in 2013. Born in the East Rand Sindi Buthelezi started her career in the arts in the local community hall, in Ratanda.
Her appearances included the Mzansi Magic show Babe Come Duze which brought her the big break on Generations. Then came her role as Ntombi in the 12th season of Soul City and her portrayal of Patience Khumalo in the telenovela series Ashes to Ashes.
Most remember her character Zinhle which she played alongside actor Mandla Gaduka (Chopper) in Generations, which made her a household name.
Tributes have started to pour in with many South Africans saddened by her passing:
RIP: Actress Sindi Buthelezi
Former Generations and Ashes to Ashes star Sindi, has passed.
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) July 27, 2021
Rest In Peace Sindi Buthelezi. I’m TIRED!!! I’m exhausted of these R.I.P’s of such exceptional and exemplary SOULS. Fly high Baby Girl.💔♥️🕊️ pic.twitter.com/hTP1nlponS
— Zamani (@NkululekoZamani) July 27, 2021
So so so sad to learn of the passing of Former Generations actress Sindi Buthelezi who was known on screen to be Zinhle, dating Choppa (Mandla) in the original Generations! Ayi, siyaphela isizwe. Just 32 years old… 😞#RIPSindiButhelezi pic.twitter.com/2TiDGb7BUZ
— Siyanda Silvah (@Silvah_7) July 27, 2021
The @Our_DA sends our heartfelt condolences to the family of actress Sindi Buthelezi
Former Generations and Ashes to Ashes star.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”#RIPSindiButhelezi pic.twitter.com/iVVmtUPSCa
— People’s servant (@tsepomhlongo) July 28, 2021