JOHANNESBURG – As tributes continue to pour in for late South African entertainment legend Joe Mafela, actress Lilian Dube has described Mafela as a free spirit who always gave of himself.
Mafela was killed in a car accident on the M1 last night.
The 75-year-old began his professional career in theatre in 1964.
Speaking to 702’s Aubrey Masango, Dube says while Mafela was under appreciated as an artist, he was the happiest throughout his life.
“He was happy, very happy. I’ve never known a nicer person than Bra Joe. He was very generous and very humble. A talented man, who never took himself seriously, who just gave and gave.”
At the same time, the Arts and Culture Department has also offered its condolences to Mafela’s family and friends.
The department’s Lisa Combrink says, “He as much loved, he was much revered. He had a particular touch and therefore, we salute his lifetime contribution to South African arts and culture.”