SABC Saddened By Passing Of Arts Veteran Joe Mafela


Johannesburg, Sunday 19 March 2017

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of arts veteran Mr Joe ‘Sdumo’ Mafela. Mr Mafela was a giant in his field and had become a voice and face of the industry.

The multi-talented Mr Mafela, who was also known as a  singer/songwriter and producer and who recently appeared on SABC 1 soapie ‘Generations: The Legacy’, will be remembered for his memorable acting roles in TV shows such as the hugely popular ‘Sgudi ‘Snaysi’ , where he portrayed the character ‘Sdumo’ a nickname which stuck with him through the years.

Other notable SABC TV programmes where he starred in throughout the years are ‘U’ Deliwe,’​ ‘Going Up’, ‘Kululeka’ ‘Madam and Eve’ and the drama series ‘Stokvel’, of which he came up with the concept.

The SABC sends its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, viewers and fans who have followed his esteemed career, in TV, stage and film over the past 40 years.


Issued By:                           Group Communications

Media Enquiries:              Mr Kaizer Kganyago (SABC Spokesperson)

082 306 8888