Rhythm City publicist Joe Strydom has confirmed Masilela’s death.
Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela died in a hijacking ordeal on Wednesday evening in Tembisa. “It is true. We are not sure of the details at the moment but we understand that he was involved in a hijacking on Wednesday and died,” Rhythm City publicist Joe Strydom told TshisaLIVE on Thursday morning.
A distraught Ngema refused to speak and put down the phone when contacted for comment on Thursday morning.
“It is with absolute shock and dismay that we recieved the news of Rhythm City star Dumi Masilela’s sudden and tragic passing,” said Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
Masilela, who married former Muvhango actor Simphiwe Ngema in a beautiful traditional wedding, recently celebrated his birthday and his wife had the sweetest message for him.
“Happy birthday to my boyfriend, my best friend, my twin, my husband, my future baby daddy, my boongy. I could never thank you enough for being the man that you are. I love you. Ngiyabonga Dlambili,” she wrote in Many on Instagram.
Tributes have been pouring in for the 29-year-old, who played Sifiso Ngema, in the popular soapie.
“We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Rhythm City Actor Dumi Masilela, who has reportedly passed on,” wrote the arts and culture department on Twitter.
These were some of the reactions on Twitter:
RIP Dumi Masilela 😭😭😭😭I can't even imagine what the wife is going through. Tjo this is so heartbreaking bathong!
— Tumelo Bokgwathile (@Tumiii_Tendi25) August 3, 2017
WOW 💔💔💔 Dumi Masilela . Jeez my heart hurts like i knew him. Dammit. Kamoh le Simphiwe 💔💔😭😭
— Mmabatho Mashiane (@I_am_Mmaboo) August 3, 2017
Eish im really touched about his dead.. I was his biggest Fan. May your soul rest in peace Dumi Masilela. I'll forever miss you😣😣 pic.twitter.com/7s83oJ973p
— Lungelo_P_Mesh (@ntokamesh) August 3, 2017
YOH!! Dumi Masilela, this is painful. I am thinking about his wife Simphiwe Ngema. such shocking news!!!
— Ntokozo TK (@MsaniNtokozo) August 3, 2017
Death not be proud. Rhythm City star Dumi Masilela lost his life in s car hijacking in Tembisa. 💔😦 Deepest condolences to his friends & fam🙏 pic.twitter.com/mzd8iUdTA1
— Crowned Guru© (@JustLourens_) August 3, 2017
Once again criminals reign and we have another "RIP" 💔😢 RIP Dumi Masilela
— Lady P🌻💛 (@MeMekgoe) August 3, 2017
— Mikey Mashila II (@MikeyMashila) August 3, 2017