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Legendary actor Joe Mafela dies

Mafela, actor, songwriter and film producer was born in 1942 in Sibasa, Limpopo.

FILE: Joe Mafela won the 2015 Comics' Choice Award Lifetime Achievement Award. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Legendary South African actor and musician Joe Mafela, popularly known as Sdumo, has died at 75.

It's understood he was killed in a car accident last night.

Mafela, actor, songwriter and film producer was born in 1942 in Sibasa, Limpopo.

He has had an illustrious career in film, television and stage.

Mafela made his acting debut in 1964, when he appeared in the feature movie Real News.

He starred in a Zulu Language sitcom Sgudi ‘Snaysi, which means “it is good”, it is nice” in English, in which he played the character of “Sdumo.”

This sitcom became a major hit in black television.

He has been in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years.

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