Minnie Dlamini Pays Tribute to ‘Sarafina!’ Creator Mbongeni Ngema

South African actress Minnie Dlamini has paid tribute to the late veteran playwright and musician Mbongeni Ngema.

Mbongeni Ngema passed away on Wednesday evening after being involved in a horrific car accident.

Minnie Dlamini Pays Tribute to 'Sarafina!' Creator Mbongeni Ngema
Minnie Dlamini Pays Tribute to ‘Sarafina!’ Creator Mbongeni Ngema (Image Credit: X)

His family confirmed his tragic untimely death in a statement. In the statement, the family revealed that Mbongeni Ngema died in a head-car accident whilst returning from a funeral.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother, father, husband, and a patriot.

“Ngema was killed in a head-on car accident whilst returning from attending a funeral in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape this evening. He was a passenger in the vehicle,” the statement reads.

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Minnie Dlamini Pays Tribute to Mbongeni Ngema

Taking to her Instagram account, Minnie Dlamini shared a heartfelt tribute, acknowledging the legacy of Mbongeni Ngema as the country’s finest playwright and talent. In her lengthy message, she reminisced about encountering Mbongeni Ngema’s remarkable work during her studies in Dramatic Arts, recognizing his brilliance extending far beyond the iconic ‘Sarafina!’

One of the greatest playwrights & talents this country has produced!!! I remember studying his work in Dramatic Arts at school and realising his genius was before Sarafina!!! His performance in Woza Albert is physical theatre in its absolute perfection, which he wrote too!!!

However, all his global accolades, are made sweeter by my father’s memory of the young legend. They grew up Kwa Mashu, in Durban, the township I was born in. My dad would tell the story and just laugh. Mbongeni, as a kid would go to town and watch a movie at the cinema. He would then come back home, gather everyone around and start reenacting the whole movie!!! My dad says he was incredible even at a young age!!! It is no surprise he is the man I painfully pay tribute to today.

Rest easy King!!! Rest in Power that your words & stories shaped this country and its healing!!! What an ABSOLUTE ICON. You fuelled my love for drama in all its beautiful facets and I and many others are so grateful 🙏🏾

ULale ngokuthula Madlokovu uyibekile induku eBandla🕊️SIYABONGA 🙏🏾



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