With proper blessings from the family, actor Dumi Masilela’s murder will be replicated in the bid to give him a proper send off on Rhythm City where he starred as Sifiso Ngema.
The killing which happened during a botched hijacking in Tembisa last month will be replayed when the young actor’s Rhythm City character‚ Sifiso Ngema‚ is also killed in the soapie’s storyline in October. “After extensive consultation with the Masilela family‚ the producers of Rhythm City have decided to incorporate Dumi Masilela’s tragic death into the exit storyline of his character‚” read a statement.
While the episode will serve as a platform to remove the character from the soapie, it will also highlight the amount of damage caused by violence that is sadly so prevalent in South Africa.
“The show’s producers decided to use Sifiso’s exit story as a way to pay tribute to Dumi’s work as an actor and to highlight the tragedy of unnecessary violence that plagues our cities‚” said show’s producer Yula Quinn. Subsequently, Sifiso will be involved in a hijacking, resulting in his death in the episode.
However, viewers won’t see the actual hijacking and Dumi Masilela’s murder, but the incident will be reported by Shakes. Dumi will appear for the last time on the soapie on October 11. This will be followed by a special on-screen memorial service in his honour on Wednesday October 18.
The episode will also feature Dumi’s birth mother Sabatha Magdeline Masilela and brother Thabani Masilela during the memorial.
The 27-year-old actor who played the role of street kid, Sifiso Ngema on popular e.tv soapie, Rhythm City and a friend had parked on a road in Tembisa on August 2 when a black Jeep approached his car. He sensed apparent danger and tried to drive away but the jeep went after them and the occupants opened fire. Dumi got shot once in the upper body and was later declared dead after five hours of surgery.