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Metro Police: Medical Condition, not Crash Injuries Killed Joe Mafela

Johannesburg - Actor Joe Mafela who was found dead after a car accident, apparently died from a medical condition as he did not sustain a...

Johannesburg - Actor Joe Mafela who was found dead after a car accident, apparently died from a medical condition as he did not sustain apparent injuries during the crash, metro police said on Sunday.

"The injuries were not visible… it looks like it could have been a medical condition," said Johannesburg Metro Police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane.

The accident happened at 21:45 on Saturday on the M1 highway between Oxford Road and Houghton along a passage of road where construction is underway.
The Late Joe Mafela 

"Mr Mafela was driving a Ford Figo… He collided into the back of a bakkie on his left hand side."

The bakkie driver then lost control and went into the barricade, with its rear tyre breaking off.

"When paramedics arrived on the scene, Mr Mafela had passed on."

She said an investigation was underway. A post-mortem would now be conducted to determine his cause of death. Born in 1942 in Limpopo, Mafela was an award winning veteran of SA film, television, music and threatre.

He gained enormous fame in the 1980s for his role in the Zulu sitcom ‘Sgudi, ‘Snaysi. He was a popular star in Madam & Eve, Going Up and Shooting Stars. He starred in a number of local and international films. He was also involved in various musicals, many of them pioneering representations of black South African experiences.

Mafela was brought up in Kliptown and White City Jabavu,in Soweto, near Johannesburg, and then his family remained until 1990 in the Tshiawelo Township that had been set aside for Venda people under Apartheid.

He began acting in movies at age 22, playing the role of an editor in the movie, Real News. He joined the South African film company SA Films, and over the following twenty years he worked as a producer and director as well as a film actor. 

He also managed the multi-ethnic dance troupes Mzumba, Sangoma, and the Gold Reef Dancers, which performed in feature films, theaters, and hotels and appeared on four continents.

In 1974 Mafela co-starred in the first all-black movie made in South Africa, as Peter Pleasure in Udeliwe. He worked with director Peter R. Hunt (famed for the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service) in the 1976 film Shout at the Devil. 

Mafela conceptualised and starred in early Chicken Licken television commercials, and authored the company's "It's good, good, good, it's good its nice" jingle during the making of a Chicken Licken commercial in 1986. - Online Sources

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