#TBT Remembering Dumi Masilela
The news of Dumi Masilela’s passing sent shock waves throughout South Africa as the country came to grips with the sad and untimely death of one of its brightest stars.
The loved Rhythm City actor died after being shot in an attempted hijacking in Tembisa, Johannesburg last Thursday and with his memorial service having taken place yesterday (Wednesday), we found it only befitting to pay homage to this young star.
Here are some facts you may not have known about the life and times of the talented star.
- Dumi was born Dumisani Edwin Masilela on 31 May 1988. The Kempton Park-born (Gauteng) and raised lad died at the tender age of 29.
- At age 16, the multi-talented star received a sports bursary from the University of Pretoria where he went on to join the university’s sports academy.
- So bright was Dumi’s star as a soccer player that he was signed at the age of 18 for a three-year contract with PSL soccer team, SuperSport United.
- Shortly after signing the deal, a car accident sadly ended Dumi’s budding professional soccer career, which lead to years of rehabilitation.
- It is at this point where Dumi turned to his other passion, music. In a 2013 interview with free to air channel, etv, Dumi says adjusting to no longer being able to play soccer was difficult for him. He took to playing the piano to ease his hurt and this became his therapy that later led him to auditioning for singing competition, Idols SA.
- He went on to enter season eight of the competition and made it through to Top 18 when his journey on the show ended.
- After having seen his talent and potential, etv soapie, Rhythm City contacted the then 24-year-old and asked him to audition for the role of Sifiso Ngema, a hustling street kid abandoned by his father at a young age. Despite having no acting background, Dumi nailed the audition and landed the role that catapulted his career in the entertainment industry.
- He went on to date and marry his longtime love, former Muvhango actress, Simphiwe Ngema in a beautiful traditional ceremony early this year.
- At the time of his death, Dumi continued to play the role of Sifiso Ngema and had already begun to revive his music career with an EP said to have been in the pipeline.
The young star’s funeral takes place this Saturday, 12 August at Hope Restoration Ministries in Kempton Park.
*Some facts and images sourced from TVSA, etv, Destiny Connect and Fortress Football