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 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.”

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