Spir­i­tual life of Masilela cel­e­brated at mov­ing me­mo­rial ser­vice

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IT WAS an emo­tional and spir­it­filled cel­e­bra­tion as the life of Dumi Masilela was re­mem­bered.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice for the ac­tor, who was shot dead af­ter an at­tempted hi­jack­ing last week, was held at the Hope Restora­tion Min­istries in Eden­vale yes­ter­day.

Fam­ily, friends, in­dus­try col­leagues and fans gath­ered to pay their last re­spects to the 29-year-old who was de­scribed as a spir­i­tual be­ing.

Pro­gramme di­rec­tors for the ser­vice were Rhythm City col­leagues, Siphiwe Mt­shali and Con­nie Chi­ume.

Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion and the Ekurhu­leni metro po­lice de­part­ment choir pro­vided praise items that kept the spir­its of the fam­ily high.

Sur­rounded by fam­ily mem­bers, the ac­tor’s wife Simphiwe Masilela who spoke last, re­mained strong.

“Dumi was so strong, that’s where I get my strength from right now. When I went to see his body, I felt like I just saw a suit. And I re­mem­bered he said to me our bod­ies are just that…” she said.

Simphiwe said she had a lot of ques­tions for God af­ter Masilela died.

“I didn’t know this man five years ago. Why bring him so I can de­pend on him only to take him away? But God is still God.

“What com­forts me is that I saw God in Dumi, he lived through God. I could never fit in with my peers, be­cause I was a spir­i­tual per­son. When I met Dumi, I saw a re­flec­tion of my­self.”

When she met Masilela, she thought to her­self she had fi­nally found some­one who un­der­stood her, she said.

“We had con­ver­sa­tions about God. I want you guys to know that no one has the power to take some­body else’s life. The God he be­lieved in is a God of mir­a­cles. If God wanted him to be healed, he would be healed.

“Dumi was per­fect. I never wor­ried about any­thing. God takes the good ones…”

Thu­lani Ngema, Simphiwe’s father, said he called Masilela his “daugh­ter”, be­cause he be­came one with Simphiwe when they got mar­ried. “We are shaken as a fam­ily.

“He was a man of the Word, a wor­ship­per. No child is born with­out a tal­ent, we can only pray our chil­dren use their tal­ents to the fullest be­fore they are taken away from them.”

His col­league Mduduzi Mabaso said he could still not be­lieve that the young man who called him ‘Bra Mdu’, was gone.

“We want to ask why him, but the Lord knows best. He paves the way for those he wants to have in heaven. We al­ways talk about peo­ple at fu­ner­als and say things… how good they were, but with Dumi it was all true,” said Mabaso.

Mabaso asked those gath­ered to lift Masilela up in spirit.

Eric Mduduzi, from e.tv, said it was ironic how his last con­ver­sa­tion with Masilela was about death.

“He said he wasn’t scared of death and that no one would kill him. He would die in his own way. I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber how much of a deeper love he had. As Rhythm City, we will al­ways en­sure that his name lives on.”

The Rhythm City fam­ily said they prided them­selves on find­ing raw tal­ent, some­thing Masilela had in doses and he man­aged to eclipse ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors for the role.

“He be­came a firm favourite with the view­ers, his good looks and act­ing made the char­ac­ter au­then­tic, “said Ziyanda Mn­gomezulu.

Friend and ac­tor Cle­ment Maosa said when he first met Masilela, he shared the Word of God with him.

“I ex­pe­ri­enced the same love he gave to ev­ery­one. Dumi was very spir­i­tual and we would al­ways meet in the park­ing lot at Sasani to share the Word. Peo­ple would ask why I was friends with him, but they didn’t un­der­stand that you needed to tap into Dumi’s spirit to know who he was,” said Maosa.

He said he would for­ever be grate­ful for the mem­o­ries.

“When I heard the news I was bro­ken. I thought it couldn’t be real,” he added.

Clips of Masilela’s life were shown through­out the ser­vice, in­clud­ing his Idols au­di­tion where he chose to sing an orig­i­nal song and a clip from his wed­ding in May to Simphiwe.

The fu­neral will be held at the Hope Restora­tion Min­istries on Satur­day.

PIC­TURE: BHEKIKHAYA MABASO

SOULMATE: Dumi Masilela’s wife, Simphiwe, sings at his me­mo­rial ser­vice in Ekurhu­leni yes­ter­day.

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