Legendary South African comic actor Joe Mafela has died.
The accident happened at 21:45 on Saturday (March 18) on the M1 highway between Oxford Road and Houghton along a passage of road where construction is underway.
Metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane confirmed the news saying,
“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 Bakkie hit the Ford which caused damage to the left hand side of the Ford Figo. The driver of the Figo [Mr Mafela] was declared fatal by paramedics on the scene. His fatal condition may have been a medical condition that was brought in during the accident but an investigation into this is now underway”
She further stated, Joe Mafela apparently died from a medical condition as he did not sustain apparent injuries during the crash, metro police said on Sunday.
“The injuries were not visible… it looks like it could have been a medical condition,” said Johannesburg Metro Police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane.
“When paramedics arrived on the scene, Mr Mafela had passed on.”
She said an investigation was underway. A post-mortem would now be conducted to determine his cause of death.
Born in 1942 in Limpopo, Mafela was an award winning veteran of SA film, television, music and threatre.
He gained enormous fame in the 1980s for his role in the Zulu sitcom ‘Sgudi, ‘Snaysi. He was a popular star in Madam & Eve, Going Up, Generations and Shooting Stars.
He starred in a number of local and international films. He was also involved in various musicals, many of them pioneering representations of black South African experiences.