The funeral service for Shaleen Surtie Richard’s is underway.
Surtie-Richards, 66, was found dead in a guesthouse in Cape Town on Monday.
The service is taking place at Durbanville Memorial Park.
The Cape Town-born actress won more than 40 awards and acted in numerous movies and festivals in South Africa and London.
She will always be remembered for her starring role in Egoli: Place of Gold as Ester “Nenna” Willemse.
Surtie-Richards also received acclaim for her role as Fiela Komotie in the movie Fiela se Kind.