The Johannesburg Metro Police Department confirmed his death and said a charge of culpable homicide is being investigated; this is standard in a traffic death.
JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said Mafela had been driving his Ford Figo on the M1 north, just past Oxford Road, shortly before 10pm on Saturday night. His vehicle and an Isuzu double cab, which was travelling in the same direction, collided.
“The driver of the Ford Figo was Joe Mafela and was declared dead on the scene. The driver of the double cab was not injured,” said Minnaar.
“The cause of the accident will be investigated and there will be a charge of culpable homicide investigated.”
Minnaar said there was “no indication” that either driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but that this would be investigated.
The drivers were the sole occupants of the vehicles.
Mafela made his name as Sdumo in the TV comedy “‘Sgudi ‘Snaysi” which was broadcast on SABC1.
TV SA listed his credits as including television productions and movies, including the films “Zulu”, “Tokoloshe”, “Shout at the Devil”, “Game for Vultures”, “Escape from Angola”, “Freedom Fighters”, “Red Scorpion” and “Tigers Don’t Cry”. He produced musicals and received a Duka Duka Award for services to the television industry and a Naledi Theatre Management Lifetime Achievement Award, said TV SA.
Editors note: I had the very fortunate opportunity to work with Joe on various projects and can remember all the times when we shared and laughed at some of the positive happenings in our lives – we felt truly blessed and lucky for these moments. Go well my friend..