Port Elizabeth born award-winning actor, and playwright Winston Ntshona was honoured for his role in the fight against the apartheid regime through his acting talents at his funeral service at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton on Friday.
Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle said it was important that Ntshona be described as a patriot who had given more to humanity that he had ever asked for himself.
Speaking at Ntshona's funeral service on Friday, Musualle said his work with the youth in disadvantaged areas displayed his active love for the people.
Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Nthetwa called Ntshona a legend, not only in South Africa but also internationally.
Mthethwa said Ntshona recognised the powerful ability of the arts to raise consciousness, expand imaginative possibilities and to transform the world.
Ntshona, who has won many awards for his work including a Tony Award with long-standing acting partner John Kani, died last Thursday at the age of 76.