FANS of popular SABC 2 soapie 7de Laan have been mourning the death of family man and newspaper editor Neville Meintjies.
For weeks now, Neville – played by Zane Meas – has been at the centre of a dangerous plot involving a secretive group called Quad 5 causing economic instability in South Africa.
Then his wife Charmaine received a phone call to say Neville had died in a car crash.
“Neville had been in a lot of crises lately and his police friend suggested he should go into witness protection. It is not Neville who died in that fire but someone else. Neville will definitely come back, just not so sure when,” Meas said.
And while the Hillside community and 7de Laan fans will miss the Hillside Times editor, Meas is enjoying his time off. The happily married father of three said he was relishing spending time with his family and his organisation, The Fatherhood Foundation of South Africa.
“It started about five years ago and the aim is to speak to men about the importance of fatherhood. More children are growing up in homes with no fathers, which is causing all sorts of social problems, because men are not at home. We want to get men to take responsibility,” he said.
Meas, who has written a book called Daddy, Come Home and is writing another, is also working on a film called Father, which he hopes will end the cycle of fatherless children,
“It is very important for us to stress the importance of being a father. As we are celebrating International Men’s Day on November 19, we will have Dad of the Year awards that will take place in Pretoria. Anyone can write to us and tell us why their dad deserves to win,” he said.
Meas is also an accomplished film and theatre actor.