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Legendary Zim playwright, actor and director Cont Mhlanga dies

Legendary Zimbabwean playwright, actor and theatre director who also founded the Amakhosi Theatre Productions, Cont Mhlanga, has died.

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) Executive Director Nicholas Moyo confirmed his death in a statement seen by Nehanda Radio.

“It is with a heavy heart and intense sadness that the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Board and Management announces to the nation and the Cultural and Creative Sectors in Zimbabwe and internationally the sad passing on of the legendary Cont Mdladla Mhlanga.

“Cont Mhlanga was admitted in hospital 10 days ago, whilst his situation seemed to stabilize, it took a different turn in the last three (3) days. Conte passed on this morning.

“Cont Mdladla Mhlanga is a playwright, filmmaker and creative director. His career in the cultural and creative industries began in 1982 when formed Amakhosi which started as a youth karate club but switched to professional theatre in 1988.

“The Nation will be informed of further details of the unfolding situation in due course,” he said.

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