Sad to note the untimely passing of art icon Mbongeni Ngema. I hope his loved ones find solace in the fact that because of his extraordinary contribution to art, his star will shine for ever.
Mbongeni Ngema, writer of the acclaimed musical Sarafina about student riots in apartheid Soweto, was killed in a car crash on Wednesday at the age of 68, his family announced. Ngema died just as the 1992 movie, developed with legendary jazz musician Hugh Masekela, was making a return with a screening at this year’s Cannes film festival classic section and a streaming release.
Nduneni-Ngema’s , now the CE of Joburg City Theatres once accused Mbongeni Ngema of rape which allegedly occurred on the day Ngema picked her up from work, apologised for the affair and begged for them to rekindle their love.
However, she would have none of it and told him she was done. They had a heated argument, after which Ngema asked that they have dinner.
After dinner, she asked to be taken home, but Ngema is alleged to have become violent, stopping the car on the highway, accusing her of cheating and threatening to hit her with a spanner.
After calming down and putting the spanner back in the boot, Ngema allegedly drove to his hotel where he demanded sex. She said Ngema grabbed her and tried to take her clothes off when she refused.