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Entertainment World News of Monday, 20 March 2017

Source: bbc.com

South Africans pay tribute to actor Joe Mafela

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South Africans have taken to social media to pay tribute to actor Joe Mafela, who died in a car crash at the weekend in Johannesburg. The tag #RipJoemafela has been trending since news of his death broke.

Mr Mafela was a popular figure on some of the country’s favourite television sitcoms since the 1980s.

The veteran actor, who starred in the popular TV comedy Sgudi Snaysi ("It's Good, It's Nice") was travelling in a vehicle which collided with a pick-up truck (known colloquially as a bakkie) on Saturday night.

Police have opened an inquest docket to investigate the cause of death.

According to Johannesburg police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane, Mr Mafela died at the scene.

"The Ford Figo that Mr Mafela was driving collided with an Isuzu bakkie and when paramedics arrived on scene, Mr Mafela was then declared [dead]."

President of the Creative and Cultural Industries Federation of South Africa Tony Kgoroge told the BBC that Mr Mafela had produced "great work after great body of work".

"We hope that young people can emulate him as they learn his craft and that he will be our ancestor until we meet on the other side," he said.

A local news organisation tweeted its own tribute this morning.