The South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) took place at Sun City on Saturday night to honour the country’s outstanding thespians.
While many talented actors in film and the television industry scooped more than one award, Vuyani Pambo from the Economic Freedom Fighters camp saw it fitting to seize the moment in campaigning for the party ahead of this year’s general elections on May 8.
Television documentary Everything Must Fall by Uhuru productions won the best documentary feature and it was Pambo who rose to the podium to receive the Safta.
Pambo said he was there to accept the award on behalf of all those who’d advocated for free decolonised education. He mentioned Khaya Cekeshe, Mlungisi Madonsela and Katlego Monareng, who’d all advocated for “free decolonised quality education”.
He also dedicated the award win to the children of the mine workers who’d died during the Marikana massacre. Pambo took a jab at Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa by saying that those children would soon obtain free quality decolonised education, under the leadership of the EFF. In closing he urged people to vote for the EFF on May 8.
— NO TO GBV (@MazwiBlose) March 2, 2019
Pambo appears to have caused quite a stir on social media.
— Rated (@Sir_Teezy) March 2, 2019
— Jomo Mogane???????????????????????????????? (@KeyaLeka) March 2, 2019
Then there was the EFF,i have seized being amazed #SAFTAs13
— Phathisa Ndebele (@PhathisaNdebele) March 2, 2019
Did Tha Guy Really Campaign For EFF #SAFTAs13
— uSoma (@23Katlego) March 2, 2019
#SAFTAs13 How many events have been turned into ANC election speeches? Now someone saying vote EFF is controversial?? Mxim
— Andidikwe! (@daz_inc_) March 3, 2019
EFF manifesto speech right in the middle of #SAFTAs13 on SABC2????
— Makhosazane Mthethwa-Malete ???????? (@MsKhosiMthethwa) March 2, 2019
The “vote EFF” guy is bad ass AF???????? #SAFTAs13
— ThatoNell (@NellThato) March 2, 2019
EFF is like oxygen it's everywhere ..it was on the Soweto derby now it's on the saftas13.. #SAFTAs13
— BIN (@BINLADEN_SA) March 2, 2019
— Bhel’elihle ???????? (@_Ntoshh) March 2, 2019
— Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) March 2, 2019
Here are the Safta winners:
Best TV Soap –Uzalo
Best Actor (TV soap) – Jamie Bartlett – Rhythm City
Best Actress (TV soap) – Kgomotso Christopher – Scandal!
Best Supporting Actress (TV soap) – Gcina Mkhize – Isibaya
Best Supporting Actor (TV soap) Abdul Khoza – Isibaya
Best TV drama – Lockdown 2
Best Actor (TV drama) – Mothusi Magano – Emoyeni
Best Actress (TV drama) – Dawn Thandeka King – Lockdown 2
Best Supporting Actress (TV drama) – Lorcia Cooper – Lockdown 2
Best Supporting Actor (TV drama) – S’dumo Mtshali – Is’thunzi Season 2
Best TV comedy – Tali’s Wedding Diary
Best Actor (TV comedy) – Hannes Brummer – Elke Skewe Pot 2
Best Actress (TV comedy) – Julia Anastasopoulos – Tali’s Wedding Diary
Best Supporting Actress (TV comedy) – Nomsa Buthelezi – Abo Mzala 3
Best Supporting Actor (TV comedy) – Warren Masemola – Single Galz
Best Talk Show –Thando Bares All
Best TV Presenter – Sivuyile Ngesi – The Man Cave Season 6
Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela – The River
Best Feature Film – Sew the Winter to my Skin
Best Actress (feature film) – Jill Levenberg – Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story
Best Actor (feature film) – Jarrid Geduld – Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story
Best Supporting Actress (feature film) – Ilse Klink – Stroomop
Best Supporting Actor (feature film) – Zolisa Xaluva – Sew the Winter to my Skin
Best Documentary Feature – Everything Must Fall
Best Short Film – Stillborn