Arts im­i­tate life as Sfiso ex­its soapie

‘Rhythm City’ flights Dumi’s ‘real’ death

Sowetan - - News - By Pa­tience Bam­balele

Slain TV star Dumi Masilela’s tragic death in real life will be played out in Rhythm City.

Masilela, who played Sfiso in the 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.”

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