It finally came to pass that fans will not get to see the talented actor on the show again as Dumi Masilela’s final moments aired on e.tv’s Rhythm City on Wednesday night.
After two months of meeting a tragic end in real life, the Rhythm City actor and musician made his last appearance on the show. It was a heartbreaking moment for fans who used the latest episode of Rhythm City to bid Dumi Masilela a final farewell as he portrayed the role of Sifiso Ngema for the last time.
However, it was not until the last scene of the episode that fans got to see Dumi. In the last scene, Dumi’s character walked into a studio (looking so full of life) to record the song ‘Ungasabi’. He wrote the track for the series just before his sudden death.
Watch the episode below. However, you might want to skip to around the 17:47-minute mark to see Dumi Masilela’s final moments on Rhythm City.
The star’s widow Simphiwe Ngema said the scene made the shock of his death final. She paid tribute to her late husband, referring to him as her eternal crush.
According to the show’s producers, Sfiso’s exit on the show would reflect Dumi’s murder‚ While the episode will serve as a platform to remove the character from the soapie, it will also highlight the amount of damage caused by violence that is sadly so prevalent in South Africa. However, a reenactment of the hijacking would not be shown‚ instead, it would be reported by one of the characters.
Subsequently, there will be a special on-screen memorial service in his honour on the next episode on October 18. The episode will also feature Dumi’s birth mother Sabatha Magdeline Masilela and brother Thabani Masilela during the memorial.
The 27-year-old actor who played the role of a street kid, Sifiso Ngema on the popular e.tv soapie died in a botched hijacking in August. He and a friend had parked on a road in Tembisa on August 2, 2017, when a black Jeep approached his car. He sensed apparent danger and tried to drive away, but the jeep went after them and the occupants opened fire. Dumi got shot once in the upper body and was later declared dead after five hours of surgery.