South Africa mourns the death of Limpopo- born seasoned playwright, veteran actor and retired radio broadcaster Mahuma Paul Rapetsoa.
His death was confirmed by his son, Matome, on Tuesday evening.
"It is with great sadness to announce the passing of our father, brother and colleague Mr Mahuma Paul Rapetsoa. "Bra Paul" passed away today at 18:56. May your wonderful soul rest in peace Mokwena," he wrote in a short statement on Facebook.
No further details were given.
Rapetsoa lit up radio, stage and screens for several decades, producing, directing and performing in several major productions, with many hailing him as "the father of township theatre" in Limpopo and beyond. He also headed the drama department at SABC radio station Thobela FM.
He played the role of Josias in the popular SABC1 series Skeem Saam and mentored the late Charles "Big Boy" Maja.
In a statement, Skeem Saam said Rapetsoa would "forever be remembered and sorely missed".
"We approach the end of 2020 with heavy hearts! Rest In Peace Bra Paul, you will forever be remembered and sorely missed We keep his family in our prayers."
We approach the end of 2020 with heavy hearts!— OFFICIAL Skeem Saam 9 (@SkeemSaam3) December 29, 2020
Rest In Peace Bra Paul, you will forever be remembered and sorely missed❤️
We keep his family in our prayers! pic.twitter.com/ia3Kvrg0K8
Rapetsoa also founded the Paul Rapetsoa Institute of Dramatic Arts.