1. Acting veteran, Joe Mafela lost his life in a car accident. Mafela was known for his role as ‘Sdumo’ on ‘Sgudi’s Snaysi’.

2. Actor Jabu Christopher “Gunman” Kubheka committed suicide, he confided in his family and close friends that life was tough because he was struggling to find a job.


3. Actress and former beauty queen Michelle Molatlou died due to cervical cancer.

4. Actress Mary Makgatho died after complications from injuring her head in a fall.

5. South African jazz legend Ray Phiri died at the age of 70 after a two-months battle with lung cancer. 

6. Gospel star Matlakala Ramathoka died after complaining of flu and chest pains.

7. Dumisani Masilela, best known for his role as Sifiso Ngema on Rhythm City, died after being shot in a suspected hijacking in Tembisa.

8. Jabulani “HHP” Tsambo, the award-winning Motswako pioneer and rapper died at his house from what was speculated to be suicide.

9. Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, “the father of South African jazz”, died at the age of 78 after a battle with prostate cancer.


10. Actor Sandy Mokwena, best known for his role as Bra Eddie Khumalo on soapie Scandal died at the age of 68.

11. Hip-hop mega star Prokid, real name Linda Mkhize died in the arms of his girlfriend, Mandisa Mbanjwa, whom he has been seeing for almost a year behind his wife’s back. 

12. Actor Mandla Hlatshwayo was gunned down outside a Soweto tavern after attempting to help a group of women who were being mugged.