* Story has been updatedJohannesburg – Multi-talented local personality Joe Mafela, who is well-known in the acting and music world, died in a car accident on a Joburg highway on Saturday night at the age of 75.
Joburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokeswoman Superintendent Edna Mamonyane said he was travelling alone at the time and was confirmed dead at the scene.
She said the accident happened at around 21:45 on the M1 between Houghton Drive and Oxford Road.
Mamonyane explained that Mafela collided with an Isuzu bakkie which hit his Ford Figo on his left hand side.
“The bakkie then hit the barricade and damaged the rear tyre.”
“They tried to revive him but he was declared dead at the scene.”
Mamonyane said that the family travelling in the bakkie were not injured in the collision.
Mafela was also not found with any injuries caused by the accident but Mamonyane said authorities would probe the incident.
“The matter is under investigation.”
As news of Mafela’s death broke, tributes continued to pour in on social media for the renowned actor, writer, producer, director, singer and businessman.
We extend our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of ubaba Joe Mafela, the nation has lost a crown jewel of our arts & culture. pic.twitter.com/ccPovqocAa
Rest In Peace Joe Mafela. He made us laugh during South Africa's dark past. May we never forget him or his work.
With the legend and icon of TV shows baba Joe Mafela pic.twitter.com/hESnJUR8ls
People who you don't know but they're in your memories. RIP Joe Mafela 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/oO2Kb4tdWU
Waking Up to Such a Saddest News: The Legendary 'Ntate' Joe Mafela Passed Away#RIPJoeMafela
R.I.P Mkhulu Joe Mafela
AkA Sdumo Mbungulu May his soul Rest in peace
A legend himself A leader is Art A Father
Our hero ❤️ pic.twitter.com/1SoFDArK4A
This includes starring roles in local sitcoms 'Sgudi 'Snaysi, Going Up and Madam and Eve.
Mafela also dabbled in the music world as his popular hit ‘Shebeleza’ was a theme song during the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament.