Former YoTV presenter and Umhlobo Wenene radio personality Akhumzi Jezile was killed at age 29 in a head-on collision in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, his family has confirmed.
Family spokesperson Percy Vilakazi told EWN the family was struggling to accept the news.
He said that they were all suffering “emotional paralysis” and great sadness after losing someone who personified being the life of the party.
Sunday Sun reports that he and his friend were travelling in his new BMW X6 when tragedy struck on their way to the Eastern Cape for the long weekend. He was working as a director on Live AMP, a popular music show.
Jezile was among five people killed in the crash. Actor Thobani Mseleni and former Joyous Celebration singer Siyasanga Kobese were also killed.
The identities of the remaining victims are yet to be released. The transport minister has urged South Africans to take extra care while travelling over the long weekend.
Among those that took to Twitter to pay tribute to Jezile was Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa.
Many South Africans expressed their shock at the loss of yet another talented South African creative.
South Africa’s arts and culture industry has experienced notable losses this year.
Award-winning musician Hugh Masekela lost his battle with prostate cancer in January.
Veteran actor Sandy Mokwena, best known for Bra Eddie on e.tv’s Scandal! died of natural causes in January. Well-known actor David Phetoe died in hospital in February at 85. David was known for his role as Paul Moroka on Generations. Radio personality Chris Matshaba died of cancer in February.