Arts imitate life as Sfiso exits soapie
‘Rhythm City’ flights Dumi’s ‘real’ death
Slain TV star Dumi Masilela’s tragic death in real life will be played out in Rhythm City.
Masilela, who played Sfiso in the e.tv soapie, was killed last month in a botched hijacking. In erasing his character from Rhythm City, the producers of the show have decided to end it with a hijacking.
Viewers will see Sfiso for the last time on October 10. He will be hijacked, which will result in his death. The viewers won’t see the hijacking, but it will be reported by Shakes, a DJ on the soapie.
Series producer Yula Quinn said: “As a special tribute, there will also be an on-screen memorial service on Wednesday October 18.
“We want to show his work as an actor and to highlight the tragedy of unnecessary violence that plagues our cities.”
The special episode will feature Dumi’s mother Sabatha Magdeline Masilela and brother Thabani Masilela, who will attend the memorial service. Quinn said they had decided to use Sifiso’s exit as a way to pay tribute to Dumi.
Masilela died on August 3 in hospital from a gunshot wound he sustained during a botched hijack the previous night.
Masilela’s brother Mbongeni said the family was pleased with the way Rhythm City has treated the story and to highlight the issue of highjacking and murder.
“We really appreciate the manner in which they have handled everything around Dumi’s story line. What makes us happy is that my mother got to test what was Dumi’s daily life while shooting the exit episode for one day.”