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Cape actor dies in N2 crash

Published Dec 2, 2014


* This story has been updated.

 Cape Town - A talented South African actor and musician was killed in a horrific car crash that was captured on video showing him being flung out of his silver BMW convertible as it smashes into a wall on the N2.

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Thabang Sidloyi, 27, from Gugulethu, best known for his starring role in the Irish/South African feature film The Good Man, was a passenger in his car which was being driven by a friend.

On Monday, Facebook users and friends of Sidloyi posted a link of the video warning other motorists about speeding.

In the video the convertible is captured speeding past cars on the N2 near Langa before trying to overtake another car, and crashing into the wall.

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A man, who appears to be Sidloyi, is flung out of the car. The car screeches to a halt and then catches alight.

An Emergency Medical Services spokesman confirmed that the accident occurred on Friday on the N2.

Two passengers sustained minor injuries, one escaped unharmed and the other is still receiving medical treatment at Groote Schuur Hospital.

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When the Cape Argus visited Sidloyi’s home on Monday, his mother Cikizwa Sidloyi said before the accident Thabang had visited her home in Khayelitsha, but she had gone out to the shops.

“I’m scared. Maybe if I was home when he came to visit I could have stopped him from going out. Maybe I could’ve prevented this from happening.”

At the time of his death he had moved from his home in Gugulethu to Blaauwberg where he lived with his fiancé.

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“Death was not for him, Thabang loved life,” she wept.

Sidloyi’s manager Jumbo Kosi from Jumbo Artist Management said the agency was shocked to hear of his death.

“Thabang was a young talented man. He was multi talented and did a lot of work under the agency.”

A colleague and friend Mhlanganisi Madlongolwana said: “I am and will always be inspired by Thabang’s passion for the arts and his constant search for ways to drive change within his community. Go well, ‘My Celebrity’.”

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