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”.
My heart is shattered at the passing of uBab' Joe Mafela 💔I'm broken I can't even type 😭#RIPJoeMafela
— Minenhle Dlamini (@MinnieDlamini) March 19, 2017
— SaneSbusisiweKhuluse (@SanehKhuluse) March 19, 2017
"Joe Mafela" "a lion never dies but it sleeps" R.I.P. Joe.
— Igziabeher 1938 (@mangaung73) March 19, 2017
It is an honour to have lived in this man's era, Comedic GENIUS! Joe Mafela G.O.A.T pic.twitter.com/rzc7pIgxLj
— RR (@remza2009) March 19, 2017
— Kb Molopyane (@KbMolopyane) March 19, 2017
Would this new generation understand what the song "Shosholoza" by the late Ntate Joe Mafela did to us fam? Such unity in diversity 😢😢 pic.twitter.com/PdKtv378cJ
— Lerato Ramolahloane (@Ms_Ramolahloane) March 19, 2017
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.