CONFIRMED:Joe Mafela is no more

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.

"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

"Hayi shebeleza njalo!!!!


Chairs and fists fly at Higher Education Convention in Midrand

A fight has broke out between the EFF student formation and Fees Must Fall Movements at the Higher Education Convention taking place in Midrand. The event started with incidents of hackling and disruptions on Saturday morning.

The convention is attended by different political student formations, politicians and academics to discuss the funding of higher education.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande was hackled by some students when he entered the venue.

A few minutes later a confrontation started between the EFF student formation and Fees Must Fall group, resulting in the throwing of chairs.

Nzimande was escorted away from the premises. Chairs were thrown at the podium.

Challenges facing tertiary institutions, including the demand for free and decolonised higher education, are in the spotlight at the convention.

At the moment the proceedings have been temporarily suspended. The Convention was organized by former Constitutional Court Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke.