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JOHANNESBURG – Actor and musician Dumi Masilela will be laid to rest in Johannesburg on Saturday.
We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Rhythm City Actor Dumi Masilela, who has reportedly passed on. pic.twitter.com/edsg8I9LHu— Arts & Culture (@ArtsCultureSA) August 3, 2017
The funeral service started at 8am at at the Hope Restoration Ministries in Kempton Park.
#DumiMasilela Seeing his coffin ushered me into the grim reality that he is no more. I've never before cried for someone I never met.— Zwai (@mantozwai) August 12, 2017
Friends, family and fans say his death in an attempted hijacking has robbed the entertainment industry of a great talent.
Masilela played Sfiso on the soapie Rhythm City.
He passed away last week, after an attempted hijacking. He was shot in Tembisa and died in hospital.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday.
Before he became a TV star, Masilela played soccer for SuperSport United.
The team's marketing manager, Coltrane Munyai, shared his memories of Masilela's early sporting career.
‘He was a good player. He played for the under 23s and that is where we saw him. He was a very young player. So he didn’t play much and, unfortunately, I think in 2008 he was involved in a car accident. That’s where his soccer career jeopardised.’
Munyai said they scouted Dumi when he was at the University of Pretoria.
‘He went through therapy and was in recovery in 2009. In 2010, he was told he can’t play football anymore and that’s when his acting career started. Honestly, Dumi was a young energetic guy. I was not surprised to see him again entertaining people. I think he was born for that.’