‘You spoke life into everyone you met’ - 10 tributes by friends and colleagues of Lumko Johnson

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  • Actor and producer Lumko Johnson passed away on 14 September 2022.
  • They were loved for their character as MJ on Mzansi Magic's Inkabi.
  • Their friends and colleagues remember them as someone who celebrated others.


On Wednesday, 14 September 2022, the family of former YoTV presenter Lumko Leqele – who was popularly known as Lumko Johnson – confirmed the sad news of their passing.

In a statement, it was revealed that the TV producer had passed on after being hospitalised for a short period.

“It is with great sadness that we share the news of the untimely passing of our beloved Lumko ‘Johnson’ Leqela. They departed on the 14th of September 2022 following a short hospitalisation,” the family statement reads.

“They went on to nurture a career in television broadcast, radio production, and media at large. In their own words, Lumko was an “accomplished TV and radio super producer, actor, writer and big deal in most spaces. This is a gut-wrenching loss to the Leqela family, their loved ones, the LGBTQIA+ community, and ultimately to the South African broadcast and television community,” the statement continues.

Family statement

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Lumko Johnson was a South African actor and producer who was celebrated for their role as gay fashion designer MJ in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Inkaba. They were born on 29 October in Mthatha but raised in Johannesburg where they attained a black belt in karate while in high school and also participated in children's theatre and musicals professionally.

Lumko went on to pursue a degree in drama and film at Wits University, where they were also involved in campus radio, subsequently hosting their own weekday morning show.

Since the news of their passing broke, fans, friends and colleagues have taken to social media to remember them with sweet tributes that show their supportive and protective character. Many referred to the late star as an energetic person who was a source of light.

This is how some of Lumko’s friends remember them:

Yaya Mavundla

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Khutso Theledi

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Phil Mphela

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Zamani

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Silindelo Masikane

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‘Nampree’

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Tsholo Rabotsho

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Atandwa Kani

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Tiisetso Masike

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Noxy Mthethwa

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