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John Kani remembers Joe Mafela’s selfless nature

The 75-year-old was killed in an accident on the M1 Highway in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

FILE: Joe Mafela. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - As tributes for actor Joe Mafela continue to pour in, theatre veteran and friend John Kani has described him not only as an entertainer - but also as a comrade.

The 75-year-old was killed in an accident on the M1 Highway in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

It’s understood a bakkie collided with his car.

Kani says he will always remember Mafela for his selfless nature.

“We’ve worked together. We set up community projects together and we've helped to set up a union to protect the rights of actors together.”

He says Mafela related to all South Africans - but also retained his individuality.

“He brought in the indigenous languages with the _Sgudi ‘Snaysi _ and all the things into the circle of appreciation - even by black people on television.”

At the same time, veteran film producer Anant Sign has also sent his condolences to Mafela family and friends - saying he was an affable person who carried out his craft with excellence.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)