Remembering the legendary Patrick Shai


Patrick Molefe Shai was a South African actor and director. He was best known for the roles in the television series and shows. His impressive body of work includes Soul City, Generations, Zone 14, Ashes to Ashes, Zero Tolerance, Uzalo, 7de Laan and many many more. He was one of the founding members of Free Film Makers of South Africa.

The late actor had an illustrious career, fit for the legend he was. He had many award nominations and wins under his belt.

For his role as “Enoch Molope” in the 2004 television serial Zero Tolerance, he was nominated for the SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in TV Drama category at the South African Film and Television Awards  (SAFTA).

In 2005, he joined the SABC2 mini-series Noah’s Arc and was nominated for the SAFTA Golden Horn for Best Actor at 2010 SAFTA. In 2008, he acted in the SABC2 sitcom Moferefere Lenyalong and played the lead role of “Kgosi Matlakala”. After that, in 2010, he played the role “Bra Sporo” in the SABC2 drama series Hola Mpinji and as “Tiger Sibiya” for the third season of the SABC1 drama series Zone 14. 

At the 2014 SAFTA, he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in the serial Skeem Saam. In 2017, Shai joined with the cast of popular SABC2 soap opera 7de Laan and played the role “Jacob Moloi”. For his role, he was again nominated for the SAFTA Golden Horn Award for Best Supporting Actor at the SAFTA 2018.

The legendary thespian was married to Mmasechaba Shai, and together they had two children. He committed suicide in Dobsonville on 22 January 2022.

May your soul rest in power Patrick Shai. You will forever be remembered for the endless contributions you made in the entertainment industry.

A legend gone too soon!

By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku


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