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Moshoeshoe Chabeli

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Moshoeshoe Chabeli (1946 - 30 October, 2013) was a Lesotho-born South African actor, producer, director and writer best known for his starring role as Richard on the SABC2 sitcom Mponeng, based on the BBC series Keeping Up Appearances, in 2005.

He also had a recurring role as Mogorosi on the M-Net soap opera The Wild, from 2011-2013.

A great-grandson of King Moshoeshoe I, Chabeli began his career as a builder and teacher, while ballroom dancing as a hobby. He also worked as a PR consultant for a gold mine and managed their in-house television and radio stations. He later began working on SABC radio dramas.

Chabeli met his wife Mary in a ballroom dancing class in 1958 and the pair got married in 1971. They have been together ever since.

He had speech and drama training in 1983, but began a career in the arts with a role on an old television drama called Dinaka, before landing a role on the television series Monna wa Serena.

Moshoeshoe spent six years as a script editor for the SABC2 soapie Muvhango and later landed his best-known role on the comedy series Mponeng.

Other television series he has acted in include Gaz'lam, Zero Tolerance, 90 Plein Street and The Lab, as well as the mini-series Rhodes and Noah's Ark.

He has also appeared in a number of feature films including Stander, Beat the Drum, Critical Assignment and The Forgotten Kingdom.

Chabeli died on Wednesday 30 October, 2013, following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 67.


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