Joe Mafela (Photo: Gallo)
Cape Town - In a statement released to the press the SABC expressed their sadness at the loss of veteran actor, Joe Mafela.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation referred to the star as a "giant in his field" and "a voice and face of the industry."
They went on the convey their condolences to the family and friends of the late actor.
"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."