‘A lion never dies but it sleeps’ – Tributes pour in for veteran actor Joe Mafela

As South Africans woke up to the news of actor Joe Mafela’s death on Sunday morning‚ social media has been filled with an outpouring of tributes.

n the wake of his death friends‚ colleagues and fans have shared fond memories of the legendary actor.

Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa wrote: “We are shocked and deeply saddened at the news of the passing of legendary Actor‚ Director & Musician ubaba Joe Mafela”.

JMPD spokesperson Edna Mamonyane told TshisaLIVE that Joe died in a car accident on the M1 highway in Johannesburg late on Saturday evening.

“We can confirm that at 21:45 on M1 North between the Oxford and Houghton turn-offs there was an accident between a Ford Figo and a bakkie which took place in construction zone. The driver of the Figo‚ driven by Mr Mafela‚ was declared fatal by paramedics on the scene‚” Mamonyane said.


One thought on “‘A lion never dies but it sleeps’ – Tributes pour in for veteran actor Joe Mafela

  • March 20, 2017 at 6:31 am

    It is, however with great sadness that we learnt about the passing of another giant in SA tv and radio entertainment namely the death of the legendary Uncle Joe Mafela or Sdumo, as he was commonly known to black and white in the whole of South Africa, and even abroad. A man who had such a great sense of humor. Rest in heavenly peace uncle Joe and thank you, for sharing you god-given gifts and talents in almost every South African household for decades and 4 all the smiles that you put on our faces sometimes under very difficult circumstances but you did it, all glory and honor be to God, all our prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time.

    Hamba Khakuhle maqabana.

    All the way from Del Rio, Texas, United States of America.



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