Legendary playwright, actor and singer-songwriter Mbongeni Ngema has died after being involved in a car accident. This is according to a statement that was released by his family on Wednesday, 27 December 2023.
The statement reads as follows:
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother, father, husband and a patriot, Mbongeni Ngema.
“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.
“Ngema is a renowned playwright, actor, choreographer, composer and singer.
He is best known for his award-winning works that include Sarafina and Woza Albert. Among his many hit songs is Stimela sa se Zola. An entertaining artist of note, Ngema’s works reflected the spirit of resistance during the Westwood’s of apartheid and liberation struggle.
“The Ngema family, colleagues and friends are deeply devastated about Ngema’s passing.. The family will share further details about the funeral arrangements in due course.”