Cecilia “Candy” Mukondeleli Moloi Death – The South Africa Arts Industry is again left in a mourning mood after the demise of a veteran actress Candy Moloi after her long fight with cancer.
The star passed away on Tuesday, July 28, at a hospital in Pretoria, she died at the age of 67. This was made know by a family spokesperson Nthabiseng Moloi to TshisaLIVE.
She was best known for her role on the SABC2 soapie Muvhango as Vho-Makhadzi.
According to Nthabiseng, “The Moloi and Ramunenyiwa families of renowned actor, radio producer and businesswoman Cecilia “Candy” Mukondeleli Moloi, sadly confirm her passing on the afternoon of July 28 2020 at a hospital in Pretoria. Her death follows a long battle with cancer. Candy celebrated her 67th birthday on February 10.”
She continues by saying Moloi’s death has left the family “devastated.”
“Candy meant everything to us. She was larger than life. People fondly called her Makhadzi. She was Makhadzi for all of us. The wound is still fresh and everyone is trying to make sense of it.”
Candy is survived by her son Tshepo Moloi, daughter Lerato Zah and two grandsons.
Candy will be buried in her home town of Thohoyandou in Limpopo, and the funeral will follow the Covid-19 restrictions.
She starred in several other major SA TV productions, which includes Thola, Shakespeare in Mzansi and Death of a Queen.
A Veteran radio personality known as Tim Modise tweeted his heartbreak, saying that Candy had “opened doors and broke down walls” to create opportunities for others in the industry.
“It’s sad to learn that Sis Candy is no more. She opened doors and broke down walls if necessary to let so many people in the media and marketing industry. A wonderful, generous soul,” Tweets Modise.
Candy’s daughter Lerato is also an actress and has acted side by side her mother in the SABC2 soapie Muvhango.
Another actress Thandy Matlaila, sent her heartfelt condolences to the Moloi family and Lerato.
“The only person on my mind right now is Lerato Moloi. Like I can almost sense her pain,” She wrote.
According to another fan of Candy’s Penny Lebyane, she reminisced how the Star was always honest and loving.
“My heart is broken. The immaculate Mama Candy Moloi is no more. When I shared my story about postnatal depression in True Love magazine in 2005, she shared her experience in the 1970s and how no-one understood what she was going through as a young mother. She smelled lovely always, and gave love.” says Penny.