Sandy Mokwena’s family: We thought he would recover

The family of acting veteran Sandy Mokwena are as yet struggling to come to terms with his passing and are in “deep grieving” as they prepare to bury him later this week.

Sandy, best referred to for his part as Bra Eddie on’s Scandal! died at a Johannesburg doctor’s facility a week ago.

The actors daughter Keabetswe revealed to TshisaLIVE they trusted he would make a full recovery after he fell sick a week ago.

“It was very sudden. He fell ill but we didn’t think he would die. We thought he’d recover and didn’t want him to die. We kept telling him to rest and to take his medicine. It was all so sudden and we are still in shock.”

Sandy was encompassed by close family in his last hours, including his significant other of 38 years Grace Mokwena.

“My mother is devastated. They were together for 38 years. She worked with him on screen before moving off screen. She is not taking it well. None of us are.”

Kea said she would always remember her dad for the pearls of wisdom he imparted to her.

“He was stern. Stern but loving. He taught us to prepare for the future and not to take anything for granted. He taught us (his children) many life lessons and it is hard to think that he is no longer around to share more.”

A memorial service for Sandy will be held at the Scandal! studios on Wednesday out of appreciation for the 17 years he spent at the production.

This will be trailed by a funeral service two days after at Grace Bible Church in Soweto.

He will be buried at Heroes Acre in West Park Cemetery, Johannesburg alongside John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu, Gugu Zulu, Simba Mhere, Joe Mafela, Mandoza and Robbie Malinga.

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