'Rhythm City' actor Dumi Masilela dies


Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela and his wife Simphiwe Ngema


JOHANNESBURG - Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela died after being shot during an attempted hijacking on Wednesday night.  

e.tv spokesperson, Michael Pocock confirmed that Masilela passed away. "It is with great sadness that e.tv confirms the passing of Dumi Masilela," said Pocock.

"e.tv sends its condolences to Dumi’s family, friends, and Rhythm City colleagues."

Gauteng police said they are now searching for the perpetrators.

“We are investigating a case of murder and attempted hijacking. Two men (including Masilela) were sitting in a white Golf 7 last night when they were approached by a black Jeep who tried hijack them. The two occupants in the Golf tried to drive off and one of them was shot," said Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubele.

After Masilela was wounded he pulled over and his friend then drove him to hospital, where he died on Thursday morning. 



The Department of Arts and Culture expressed its deepest condolences to Masilela's family, friends and colleagues.

Tributes also poured in on social media. 


On Wednesday, South Africa also mourned the death of Kwaito star Tsekeleke.

Also on Wednesday, one Member of Parliament (MP), Timothy Khoza, died in a car accident with three more MPs injured in the same accident.