Joko Scott

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Joko Scott (1955-2004). Actor.


Born in Surrey Estate, Cape Town. While working for the supermarket chain O.K. Bazaars, he received complimentary tickets for a play by Fatima Dike. Inspired, he went on to work for the Space Theatre.

Although he had work as an actor through the years, there were times that he had to sell fruit or open a shebeen on the Cape Flats to create an income.

Joko died on 2 November 2004 at the age of 49 en route to a rehearsal at the Baxter Theatre.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

He worked for the Space Theatre, acting in Nongogo (Athol Fugard) in 1977, Zakes Mda's We Shall Sing for the Fatherland and The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God.

In the early 1980s he moved into television acting appearing in acclaimed productions like I Dreamed Of Africa and Hell On Earth.

In the 1990s he returned to the stage to do Fatima Dike's The Sacrifice of Kreli (directed by Roy Sargeant) and in 2002-3 an adaptation of Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country (as Reverend Stephen Khumalo, 2003).

Other productions include Beasts in our Backyard, More Mysteries of Love, Guinea Fowl, The Hill, Oedipus by Ted Hughes (Baxter Theatre 1980).

He portrayed King Duncan at a Maynardville production of Macbeth in 2004. Soon after that he was seen as one of the leads in Fiona Coyne's The Shadrack Affair. Then came the celebrated Echoes of Our Footsteps which explored and exposed misconceptions about witchcraft in Cape Town. Scott and Stella Magaba had the critics raving as they set the stage alight with their extraordinary talents.

Awards, etc.

Nominated Fleur du Cap for his role in Cry, the Beloved Country.


Astbury 1979.

Sunday World, 12 March 2000.

Tribute written by Rafiek Mammon, Cape Times, 3 November 2004.

IMDb [1].

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