Skeem Saam actor Ntate Charles Maja was laid to rest at his home Ga-Maja outside Lebowakgomo in Limpopo on Saturday.

Maja was popularly known for his role as Bigboy Mabitsela a mechanic and the abusive father of Leshole Mabitsela on the SABC 1 show Skeem Saam.

It is reported that the actor passed away after suffering a stroke. Many were left with heavy hearts following his sudden death. His character on the show had won the hearts of many South Africans.

The 54 year old Maja was a man of multiple talents. Besides acting on Skeem Saam he was playing the role of Bra T. on the radio soapie Mahlakung that aired on Thobela FM.

Meanwhile, the funeral service saw his family fined R5000 for allowing more than 50 people to attend the funeral service during lockdown.

Gatherings of more than 50 people were banned during the national lockdown. Small gatherings are recommended in order to maintain social distancing which is one of the measures in the fight against Covid-19.