Rhythm City actor was trying to flee hijackers when he was shot - police

2017-08-03 12:17
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Cape Town – Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela was shot dead during an attempted hijacking in Tembisa on Wednesday night, police have confirmed.

Rhythm City publicist Mpumi Phillips also confirmed that Masilela’s aunt had died after receiving news of his death. The family did not want to release her name at this time.

- Read more: Rhythm City actor dies in hijacking

Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele told News24 that Masilela and a friend had been parked on the side of the road in a Golf 7 when a black Jeep approached them.

According to Makhubele, the 29-year-old and his passenger realised that their lives might be in danger and fled the scene.

The black Jeep gave chase and opened fire on the Golf 7.

Rushed to hospital

"We are investigating a case of murder and attempted hijacking. Two men (including Masilela) were sitting in a white Golf 7 last night when they were approached by a black Jeep who tried to hijack them. The two occupants in the Golf tried to drive off and one of them was shot," said Makhubele.

Masilela was shot in the upper body. He was rushed to hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

Makhubele added that no suspects have been identified yet. The police urged anyone with more information to please come forward.

Masilela, who played the role of the street kid Sifiso Ngema on the e.tv soapie, married actress Simphiwe Ngema in an intimate traditional wedding earlier this year.

He was also a professional soccer player, who had played for Supersport United and Highlands Park, but had to end his career after a car accident.

- More: SA mourns Dumi Masilela

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