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Joe Mafela remembered as people’s person

Legendary South African actor and comedian Joe Mafela died in a car crash on Saturday night, aged 75.

FILE: Joe Mafela. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The film producer who cast late veteran actor Joe Mafela in the 1980s sitcom Sgudi Snaysi (“Is Good, Is Nice”) has described him as a "people's person" who will be sorely missed by the industry and the nation at large.

Mafela died in a car crash on Saturday night.

He was 75.

Producer Roberta Durrant says she discovered Mafela more than 30 years ago.

“Joe was a people’s person and he was an observer of life. He wasn’t someone who would crack jones all the time, but he was quiet and contained. I think this made him the comedic genius we knew.”

Meanwhile, Mafela's relatives say they will celebrate his life as a legend in the entertainment industry, while also honouring him as a family man.

Mafela's niece Milicent Mulalu says while he took his craft very seriously he always made time for family.
“He’d always says that whatever you do should be done with dedication. He was a public person but gave a lot of time to his family.”

She says the family would like to celebrate his life.

“You know he went away with his wife on a boat cruise... I think at the moment we’re really just starting to deal with the pain and celebrating his life.”

Mulalu says the details of the funeral have not been confirmed yet.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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