Saturday, April 28, 2018

BREAKING. Actors Akhumzi Jezile, Thobani Mseleni and Siyasanga Kobese dead along with 2 others after horrific car crash near Queenstown, police investigating a case of culpable homicide.

The former YO.TV presenter and Tempy Pushas actor, Akhumzi Jezile (29) (pictured), actor Thobani Mseleni, the former Joyous Celebration singer and actress Siyasanga Kobese along with Skhumbuzo Mbuthuma from Urban Brew Studios' IT department and one other person are dead following a horrific car accident on Saturday.

The 5 people died after a head-on collision involving two vehicles near Queenstown in the Eastern Cape on Saturday morning.

According to police spokesperson Captain Namhla Mdleleni, 5 people died in the horrific car accident on the N6 near Queenstown early on Saturday morning.

Captain Namhla Mdleneni told TVwithThinus that a case of culpable homicide has been opened.

So far there's been no statement from the SABC.

Akhumzi Jezile who was also a producer, was also a radio presenter for the SABC radio station Umhlobo Wenene.

Besides appearing as Tsietsi Zwane in the SABC1 comedy-drama series Khululeka Siyavota produced by Penguin Films and his role of Ngulube in SABC1's Tempy Pushas in 2013, he was also a producer on YO.TV's The Big Breakfast show.

Akhumzi Jezile replaced Zuluboy (Mxolisi Majozi) in 2016 as the presenter of the SABC1's music variety show Fan Base.

The actor and musician Thobani Mseleni (30) (pictured left) is best-known for his role as Bhutana in the second season of the SABC1 drama series Intersexions in 2013.

Thobani Mseleni made guest-appearances on shows like the SABC1 soap Generations and Moferefere Lenyalong, as well as in 90 Plein Street, Gold DiggersHeist, iNkabaRing of LiesSwartwaterSingle Guyz and The Queen.

In 2015 he appeared in the role of Bhonyongo in the drama series Matatiele.

Thobani Mseleni also appeared recently in the role of Babalo in the controversial and award-winning film Inxeba.

The singer and actress Siyasanga Kobese was best known for her role as Siphokazi in the Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) soap opera Zabalaza, and had a minor role in the Mzansi Magic telenovela iNkaba.

Siyasanga Kobese was also a member of the gospel group Joyous Celebration that she joined in 2009.

Siyasanga Kobese did guest stints on SABC1's Generations, appeared in Tempy Pushas and Greed & Desire and most recently was on-screen in 1Magic (DStv 103) in the new telenovela The River in the role of a social worker.

Skhumbuzo Mbuthuma worked at Urban Brew Studios' IT department.

M-Net's Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) channel on Saturday night said the channel is saddened by the deaths.

"We at Mzansi Magic are saddened by the news of a tragic accident that took the lives of five people. We express our deepest condolences to their family and friends. We will fondly remember the contribution that Thobani Mseleni and Siyasanga Kobese made to a number of our programmes," Nondumiso Mabece, M-Net's head of publicity for local entertainment channels told TVwithThinus.

Verona Duwarkah, CEO of Urban Brew Studios said "our hearts are broken and the sadness is completely unbearable. On behalf of all of us at Urban Brew Studios I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families".

Adelaide Joshua-Hill, head of content and platforms at Urban Brew Studios, says "Akhumzi touched the lives of all around him. I had the priviledge of meeting him nine years ago and watched him grow from strength to strength. I watched him take his fame in his stride, taking time to stop and speak to his fans and friends alike. His attention to detail, passion for his craft and dedication to upskilling himself inspired me and those around him."

"He was not just a loyal part of the Urban Brew team but also of building our industry. I cannot express the state this news has left us in. No amount of tears can wash away the pain. Akhumzi will be missed by millions. It’s time for us to strive for brilliance as he would have wanted."

Gugulethu Gregory, head of facilities at Urban Brew Studios says "Skhumbuzo started at Urban Brew Studios as an intern in March 2015. A year later he was appointed as an IT technician. He was passionate, lively, energetic and willing to go beyond the call of duty to ensure success on every production or project he was involved in."

"He was the epitome of someone who lived with joy and laughter.  His presence will be missed by all who had the honour of knowing him."

Itumeleng Nakedi, producer at Urban Brew Studios says "Siya started at YO.TV in July 2016 as NamGcina, an aunt from a faraway Xhosa village. Her role on the show was to make yummy healthy food for growing minds as well as sing and dance."

"She also had a short stint on Zabalaza as well as a number of local dramas, small screen movies and was a Joyous Celebration Alumni. Siya was full of life, she had a good vibe about her and an unforgettable soul. She loved capturing every moment with a snap or selfie. She was passionate about her craft both in front of the camera and behind the camera. A lover of God who will be impossible to forget.  Fly with the angels Siya."

UPDATE: Sunday 29 April 2018 11:00:
SABC1 issued a press statement on Sunday morning with Clara Nzima, SABC1 channel head saying:

"It is with immense shock and deepest sorrow to learn of the untimely passing of Akhumzi. A colleague, an exceptional talent ahead of his time, a friend to many. On behalf of SABC1 and the SABC, we wish to send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and fans. We have truly lost a gem. May his precious soul rest in peace."