[LISTEN] 'Odwa Shweni was a performer who had heart and was passionate'

The safety of those in the film industry has come under the spotlight following the death of South African actor Odwa Shweni.

It is believed that Shweni died after losing his footing and falling 40m into a river at the Sterkspruit Waterfall near Monks Cowl in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal. His body was recovered on Friday morning.

Speaking to Bongini Bingwa on the Breakfast Show, Chairperson of the SA Guild of Actors Jack Devnarain paid tribute to the actor.

Odwa was a performer who had heart and a conscious about the industry, about the people in the industry and it's a very rare thing to be an actor and not be passionate about the work that you do and everything that goes into it. Because there are really no rules and regulations that guide our work except what you bring to it and Odwa was that kind of a performer.

Jack Devnarain, Chairperson of the SA Guild of Actors

Devnarain says some members of the cast that were unhappy with how the production process was taking place.

Gaining access to the park, the way in which it was done, arriving at the location, deciding on which location to be used and the tragic decision of getting far too close to the edge of the waterfall which resulted in Odwa's death.

Jack Devnarain, Chairperson of the SA Guild of Actors

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