TV star dies in bike accident

2010-02-03 00:00

POPULAR actor and comedian Mandla “Bongo” Thabethe will be buried at his birthplace of Nqetho near Pine­town on Saturday, said his wife Mapule yesterday.

Thabethe (41) died on Sunday morning on his way to attend the annual general meeting of his motor­bike club at the Emerald Casino south of Johannesburg.

Thabethe is known for his portrayal of Bongo in SABC 1 sitcom Family Bonds, which was screened from 2007 to 2009.

It was reported that Thabethe was following his biking friend David Machile when, at a sharp curve in the road, Machile braked and Thabethe rode into him. He died on impact. The accident occurred on Hendrick van Eck Road in Vanderbijlpark.

Machile was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and discharged.

Thabethe was a nominee for Best Actor in the comedy category in the 2010 South African Television and Film Awards.

National Film and Video Foundation spokeswoman Naomi Makhele said: “The industry has lost a contributor who uplifted the standard of comedy and entertainment.”

Thabethe leaves behind his wife Mapule and their three-year-old son Mondli.


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