'Skeem Saam' actress Lydia Mokgokoloshi as Koko Mantsha.

‘Skeem Saam’ actress Lydia Mokgokoloshi as Koko Mantsha. Image via Twitter @MakgofeD ·

Death hoax wake-up call: Veteran ‘Skeem Saam’ actress to be honoured

‘Surviving’ a recent death hoax, legendary actress Lydia Mokgokoloshi will be honoured in her home province for her contribution to the entertainment industry.

'Skeem Saam' actress Lydia Mokgokoloshi as Koko Mantsha.

‘Skeem Saam’ actress Lydia Mokgokoloshi as Koko Mantsha. Image via Twitter @MakgofeD ·

The Limpopo Artists Movement is honouring Skeem Saam actress Lydia Mokgokoloshi who plays the role of Koko Mantsha on the SABC1 soapie.

The president of the organisation, Mphoza Mashabela, told Daily Sun that the death hoax made them a realise that they need to give the actress her flowers while she’s still alive.

Fake news ‘sign to thank her while she is alive’

We realised that throughout her career, she has never been honoured in her own province, yet she’s done so much to put our province on the map.

We took the fake news as a sign that we have to appreciate and thank her while she is still alive.

Mokgokoloshi on getting recognition after 40 years

Mokgokoloshi told the publication that she’s been acting for 40 years and has never been honoured.

I’m now 82 years and I’ve never been honoured in any way. I’m therefore excited to finally be honoured in my province.

The actress says being honoured means her talent didn’t go to waste and that she’s glad to be honoured for her contributions.

I’m even more excited that is happening while I’m still alive. 

Also read: CONFIRMED: ‘Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha is NOT dead

Zola 7 death hoax

On the same weekend at the end of July when the “internet killed” Mokgokoloshi, fake news of kwaito musician Zola 7 also surfaced.

Taking to social media to shut down the rumour mill, Skeem Saam issued a statement on social media saying Koko is alive and breathing.

Zola 7’s manager Siki Kunene also rubbished the death claims of the Mdlwembe hitmaker who has been in the headlines lately for his battle with epilepsy.

ALSO READ: Zola 7 on death hoax: ‘I’m dead and talking from heaven’ [watch]


The 82-year-old actress is best known for her Sepedi drama role as Mma-Nkusheng in Bophelo ke Semphekgo besides her current role on Skeem Saam.

She joined Skeem Saam in season one as Koko, Charity Ramabu’s (Makgofe Moagi) mother and Katlego Peterson’s (Patrick Seleka) grandmother.

Another legendary artist to be honoured

Mashabela also told Daily Sun that they’ll be honouring Hilda Tloubatla who is the lead singer of the Mahotella Queens.

“These two legends have paved the way for our artists. They inspired young artists in the province and have travelled around the world representing South Africa.”

  The Limpopo Artists Movement celebrations will take place in Limpopo province on 21 August.

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