Dou­ble blow as aunt dies af­ter hear­ing of his death

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - MPILETSO MO­TUMI mpiletso.mo­tumi@inl.co.za

‘TAKE care of mom and the fam­ily…”

Th­ese were the last words Du­misani Masilela spoke to his younger brother, Mbon­geni, just be­fore he went in for an op­er­a­tion af­ter be­ing shot in an at­tempted hi­jack­ing.

News of the 29-year-old ac­tor’s death broke early yes­ter­day, plung­ing in­dus­try friends and fans into mourn­ing. Masilela suc­cumbed to his in­juries af­ter he tried to drive away as gun­men tried to hi­jack the car he was in on Wed­nes­day night.

Po­lice spokesper­son Kay Makhubele said the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 8pm in Tem­bisa, Ekurhu­leni.

“It is be­lieved that three peo­ple in a Jeep blocked off their car and shot at the vic­tim who was in a white VW Golf 7,” Makhubele said.

Deputy Po­lice Min­is­ter Bon­gani Mkongi vis­ited the griev­ing fam­ily in Van Riebeeck Park yes­ter­day to con­vey his con­do­lences.

“We came here as the Po­lice Min­istry to give hope and pray with the fam­ily that this tragedy is not only rest­ing on them, but on all South Africans. If the fam­ily is hurt the whole coun­try is hurt.”

Mkongi promised the fam­ily that the po­lice were fol­low­ing up all the leads to ar­rest the crim­i­nals.

“We have the leads and we are go­ing to ar­rest them. Wher­ever they are sit­ting now en­joy­ing their liquor and drugs… They must know the law is go­ing to catch up with them.”

Mbon­geni Masilela said Dumi, as his brother was af­fec­tion­ately known, had told him some­thing pri­vate while in the hos­pi­tal and he knew that meant he was telling him to take care of their fam­ily.

He said the fam­ily was thank­ful to the po­lice for their help and knew that they would do every­thing in their power to help them.

“We will do every­thing in our power to as­sist them (the po­lice) to en­sure jus­tice is done. We are sad­dened and hurt, but we have to be strong for Du­misani. He was our big brother, our role model… a son to umama nob­aba.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate every­thing he did for us and we will be strong for mama, just as he was for the fam­ily.”

The Masilela fam­ily were also reel­ing from the death of his aunt who died af­ter hear­ing the news. The fam­ily also buried Dumi’s fa­ther last year.

Be­fore act­ing, Masilela made it into the Top 16 of Idols SA in 2012. He was also a soc­cer star.


CON­DO­LENCES: Deputy Po­lice Min­is­ter Bon­gani Mkongi, left, vis­its the Masilela fam­ily yes­ter­day. To the right is Du­misani’s younger brother Mbon­geni.

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