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Minister Mthethwa salutes late Joe Mafela

Sunday 19 March 2017 10:56

Nomsa Mdhluli

Joe Mafela had been in the entertainment industry for over 50 years.(SABC)

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has saluted deceased legendary entertainer, Joe Mafela.

Mafela died in a car crash in Johannesburg. His family says the crash happened on Saturday night.    

Mthethwa's spokesperson Lisa Combrink says Mafela will be remembered for his multi-talent and generous spirit.

“He gave so much of his time to our living legend's legacy programme that was initiated late in 2015. He's been an active part of that programme. He was also with us earlier this year, when we all went to Mam' Thandi Klaasen's house to really pay condolences to her family.”

Mafela had been in the entertainment industry for over 50 years.

He was born in the Venda area of what is now Limpopo province in 1942.

He made his acting debut in 1964 and in 1974, co-starred in South Africa's first black feature film, "Udeliwe" with Cynthia Shange.

His TV career took off in the 1980s with a starring role in the Zulu Language sitcom "Sgudi 'snaysi".  

In 1996, Joe Mafela released his first music album with the title track 'Shebeleza'.  

It became a huge success and was used as a theme song during the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996.

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