South African theatre great and anti-apartheid activist Winston Ntshona has died at the age of 76. Ntshona’s son Lawula confirmed that his father passed away on Thursday morning, after battling illness for eight years. "Thus far we are just reeling in shock but we are coming together as a family‚" he said. Friend and fellow theatre great John Kani, speaking on SAfm‚ said he was devastated by the news of his old friend’s death and described him as a brother. At a gathering at Ntshona’s home on Thursday, Kani said SA had lost a giant and the epitome of ubuntu. "With the passing of beautiful Winston, I have lost a dearly beloved brother. A big tree has fallen in the forest. Fortunately for us survivors, there are young ones now growing taller," playwright Athol Fugard wrote in his message of condolence, relayed through the Fugard Theatre in Johannesburg. Ntshona began his career in 1965, when he formed the Serpent Players in Port Elizabeth with Fugard and Kani. Together they created pi...

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