JOHANNESBURG – The presidency has sent its condolences to the family and fans of legendary actor and musician Joe Mafela.
Mafela died at the age of 75 in an accident on the M1 highway last night.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department says a bakkie collided with his car.
Mafela started his career in theatre in 1964.
In a statement, the presidency says the arts and culture department has been robbed of a bigger than life figure.
At the same time the African National Congress’s Khusela Sangoni praised Mafela for his artistry.
“He was a legendary actor who inspired and groomed many that came after him. Sgudi ‘Snaysi was one of his famous roles where he played uSdumo was the soundtrack of growing up in South Africa and made us laugh as a nation.”
The National Freedom Party has also sent its condolences to the family and fans.
Spokesperson Canaan Mdletse says, “Joe Mafela played a big role in the country in encouraging young people to take acting as a serious career path.”
The parties have both described the Mafela as an artist whose work will continue to be celebrated.
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'MAFELA READY TO IMPART KNOWLEDGE'
As tributes for actor Joe Mafela continue to pour in the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has described him as a person who was ready to impart knowledge to young artists.
The SABC’s Kaizer Kganyago says Mafela was always interested in boosting the growth of the South African entertainment industry.
He says the broadcaster has learnt to prioritise local talent through the likes of Mafela and Lillian Dube.
Kganyago says the SABC will continue to celebrate Mafela and other legendary artists in order to preserve local talent.
(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)