The late actor currently plays a cameo role as a GBV activist and it is unclear for how long he will keep appearing.
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PATRICK SHAI’S CURRENT GBV ROLE
Legendary actor Patrick Shai currently plays the role of a GBV activist in Mzansi’s most-watched soapie – Uzalo.
Viewers of the show are saddened by his appearance every evening as the actor passed away a week ago.
The actor scored a cameo role in 2021 to tackle the abuse storyline between Njeza (played by Nkanyiso Makhanya) and Nosipho (Nompilo Maphumulo).
In the soapie Njeza physically abuses his girlfriend Nosipho, who forgives him when he apologises after the beating.
Shai is currently assisting Njeza behind bars and other prisoners uncover their reasons for abusing women.
The late thespian is the founder and managing director of Khuluma Ndoda (Men Talk) which is an organisation that encourages men to speak out and fight against gender-based violence.
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‘UZALO’ ON THE ABUSE STORYLINE
Uzalo’s spokeswoman Nomfundo Zondi confirmed that the actor would be joining the show on a cameo role basis.
“We have a storyline where a boyfriend abuses his girlfriend.”
“Gender-based violence is a huge issue in Mzansi, and we had to do something about it, as the show.”
Zondi told Daily Sun that the role would teach viewers about gender-based violence.
“He will talk to the men of KwaMashu, and plead with them to protect women.”
“We hope that with this storyline, there will be a decrease in the numbers of gender-based violence accidents.”
VIEWERS REACT TO HIS APPEARANCES
Tributes and praises continue to pour for the actor who still appears on the show.
“RIP to the legendary PraticShai…. @therealnkanyiso my brother you are more than dope.”
“I don’t know what to say tjooo you live inside the character you become the character.”
“Rest in peace till we meet again in rapture.”
“The legend has been promoted to the spiritual world.”
“Aw’ Bantu,this posthumous Patrick Shai appearance hits something different, makaphumule bandla.”
“Seeing Patrick Shai on @Uzalo_SABC1after watching his memorial service.”
“Poor Patrick Shai on #Uzalo nkosiyam. Death is so wild.”