Dumi Masilela’s alleged killers in custody, mayor announces at funeral

The late Dumisani Masilela. Photograph: e.TV

Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina announced at the funeral of murdered Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela in Kempton Park on Saturday morning that those suspected of killing him were in custody, The Citizen reported.

The Rhythm City actor died following a hijacking ordeal last week on Wednesday in Tembisa. Masilela spent the night fighting for his life in hospital after being shot during the attempted hijacking.

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Dumi Masilela’s killers were on a ‘hijacking spree’ that night

The identities of his alleged killers are yet to be revealed but it was reported that they had apparently been on a hijacking spree on the night of the crime.

Dumi Masilela’s widow, Simphiwe Ngema, spoke for the first time during her husband’s memorial service at Hope Restoration Church on Wednesday.

The widow was praised by people on social media for being “a woman of strength” after they saw videos of her dancing to Masilela’s Shona Pantsi, and leading a gospel song on stage.

Dumi’s wife Simphiwe Mgena sits listening to stories from family and friends about her late husband Dumi Masilela. at his memorial service on Wednesday

Taking to the podium, Ngema said: “Nothing ever prepares you that one day you’ll be a 27-year-old widow, that all the dreams you’ve dreamt of will be taken away from you, but today I’m not here to speak on my behalf, I’m here to speak on his behalf.

Though she had a lot of questions about her husband’s death, she said it had been time for him to leave.

The actress further praised her late husband for being “perfect”. She said that, in him, she had seen a reflection of herself.

“It was time. If God wanted him to be healed, he would have been healed. Dumi was perfect. I saw God in Dumi. God lived in him.”


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