Renowned playwright, actor and theatre director Cont Mhlanga has died.
Founder of Amakhosi Theatre Productions company, Mhlanga died this morning at a private clinic.
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe executive director Nicholas Moyo confirmed the death.
“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 Conte Mdladla Mhlanga,” Moyo said.
He was a critic of the government of Robert Mugabe, and has been arrested often for public expressions of his views.
He, alongside Burmese satirist Zarganar and City of Rhyme – a 14-strong hip-hop group from northern Brazil, whose lyrics condemn violence – were winners of the inaugural Freedom to Create Prize in 2008.