Simphiwe Ngema dressed in white for #DumiMasilelaFuneral

Dumi Masilela’s widow, Simphiwe Ngema is wearing a beautiful long white dress and hat as she bids farewell to her husband.

Hundreds of mourners have gathered at the Hope Restoration Memorial Church in Kempton Park for the funeral service of the actor.

Simz is seated in the front row next to Dumi’s mother who is wearing a black dress, while his brothers are both wearing matching red coats.

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He always lifted my sad soul -Tributes pour in for Dumi Masilela#RIPDumiMasilela

Touching tributes from around the country have flooded social media after news that Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela died in an attempted hijacking.

Police confirmed to TshisaLIVE that the actor had been shot in the upper body after attempting to flee the hijackers. The actor died on Thursday morning after fighting for his life in hospital.

Dumi’s death sent shockwaves across the nation and saw an outpouring of emotion from fans and those close to him.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE‚ former Rhythm City actress Pam Andrews said she was shocked by the news and would always remember him for his contagious and positive energy.

“He was such a happy person that it was hard for anyone to be sad around him. Often I would go to set in a depressed mood and he would come past to try cheer me up. I could always rely on him to lift my spirits and lift my sad soul. Now we have to try be there for his family like he was there for so many of us‚” Pam said.

Several other friends and colleagues took to social media to pay tribute to the star.

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Khanyi Mbau misses Awards but attends Durban July

Khanyi Mbau missed an important Friday appointment at the South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards, but arrived at the Vodacom Durban July the next day.

Khanyi was booked as one of the hosts at the launch held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, KZN.

Seipati Shange, spokeswoman for the awards, said Khanyi was supposed to arrive in Durban on Thursday.

khanyi-mbau“She told us she wasn’t feeling well and when I called her on Friday, she promised to come on time. But she never arrived.

“I contacted her again, but she wasn’t answering her phone.”

Khanyi has already been confirmed as the host of the main awards ceremony to be held in Durban next month, and in the North West in September.

The next day she confirmed by SMS that she would be at the Durban July. She said she had been in hospital, but wouldn’t say what was wrong.

Khanyi was supposed to launch the awards’ bus, but the event went ahead without her.

Speaking about the bus, Seipati said: “It will be visiting all nine provinces to promote the awards.

“The tourism department in each province will be showing us their historical and cultural sites.”

On Friday, the bus was already making its way to East London, Eastern Cape.

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