‘Yizo Yizo’ ac­tor was ‘not a quit­ter’

Trib­utes pour in for the star on so­cial me­dia

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - DUDUZILE PILA

WHEN Jabu Christo­pher Kub­heka’s wife ar­rived at their Soshanguve home on Mon­day from work, the Yizo Yizo ac­tor did not open the gate for her like he usu­ally did.

She hooted at the gate about 4.30pm, but he did not come out.

Find­ing it odd, she got out of the car, opened the gate and pro­ceeded into the house.

She found the ac­tor’s body in­side and called for help from her neigh­bours, who rushed to as­sist.

One of the peo­ple he had been play­ing pool with ear­lier said be­fore he left, Khubeka shook ev­ery­one’s hand, say­ing “I will be back”.

Word started fil­ter­ing through on Mon­day night and into yes­ter­day morn­ing that Kub­heka, who was fa­mously know as the Gun­man in the lo­cal 1990s drama se­ries Yizo Yizo, ap­peared to have com­mit­ted sui­cide. He was 48 years old. His best friend and col­league Ler­ato Has­san Ma­sia – Son­ny­boy in Yizo Yizo – said he and Kub­heka had been friends since be­fore the pop­u­lar drama se­ries. Ma­sia said that he re­ceived the call on Mon­day night in­form­ing him of Kub­heka’s death.

Ma­sia said that he and Kub­heka had been through a lot and that they were al­ways to­gether.

“If you were look­ing for Jabu and didn’t find him, you would call me and if you were look­ing for me and couldn’t find me, you would call Jabu.”

Ma­sia added that Kub­heka was fun­nier than any­one who went to school and stud­ied com­edy, and that he was not a quit­ter.

“For him, a re­jec­tion just meant come back to­mor­row, he said.

Kedi Mathope, another friend of Kub­heka’s, said that they had lost a star.

Kub­heka was also known for his role as Ba­zooka in the SABC1 drama se­ries, Zone 14.

He played other roles in Vat ‘n Sit, Than­deka’s Di­ary, Ja­cob’s Cross, A Place Called Home, Gold Dig­gers, Gen­er­a­tions, Abo Mzala and Ses’Top La.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Mavela Ma­sondo said the ac­tor’s wife re­turned from work to find him hanged.

Celebs, fans and fel­low ac­tors paid trib­ute to the ac­tor.

Min­is­ter of Arts and Cul­ture Nathi Mthethwa and ac­tresses Terry Pheto and Rami Chuene were among those who sent their con­do­lences to the fam­ily.

Pheto posted on Twit­ter: “Deeply sad­dened by the pass­ing of Chris Kub­heka aka Ba­zooka, who played my cousin in Zone 14. He made so many peo­ple happy. RIP Ba­zooka.”

Chuene wote: “The pass­ing of Chris Gun­man Khubeka is truly sad. Send­ing love, light and strength to his fam­ily. What a tal­ent…”

Jabu ‘Gun­man’ Kub­heka was a great tal­ent

PIC­TURE: OUPA MOKOENA

PAY­ING RE­SPECTS: Mourn­ers out­side Jabu ‘Gun­man’ Kub­heka’s home af­ter theYizo Yizo ac­tor, inset, was found dead.

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