In a tragic turn of events, the late Sarafina! song composer, Mbongeni Ngema, found himself in the spotlight posthumously as a video of him bidding farewell at a funeral went viral on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
This heartbreaking footage surfaced after the announcement of Ngema’s untimely demise in a fatal car accident while returning from a funeral service in Mbizana, Eastern Cape, on the evening of December 28.
The news of Ngema’s passing was conveyed through a family statement shared on social media, revealing that the 68-year-old playwright veteran was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a head-on collision.
The Eastern Cape police confirmed that they were investigating a case of culpable homicide related to the accident, which occurred around 4.30 pm, involving a white Renault sedan and a truck in the Mbizana area.
The poignant video capturing Ngema bidding farewell to a departed friend at the funeral added an emotional layer to the already somber news. In the footage, Ngema expressed, “Part of my life is gone with her,” leaving netizens deeply moved. Social media users poured into the comment section, expressing their sorrow and reflecting on the unpredictable nature of life.
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Despite the grief, the Eastern Cape Department of Health confirmed the release of Ngema’s body to his family after completing an autopsy earlier in the week. As condolences and reflections flooded social media, users shared sentiments about the unpredictability of life and the impact Ngema had on the entertainment industry.
“He was bidding farewell to a departed somebody not knowing only hours later his name will be called too. Death often does come like a thief in the night 😢,” shared @mageba_sthembz.
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“I’m saddened by his passing, the man had so much love & passion for the industry he served for so many years. Death be not proud,” expressed @ManqobaShangase.
Reflecting on the broader context, @NdumoZindela wrote, “He was still healthy and full of life. Those Eastern Cape roads are killers,” addressing concerns about road safety in the region and expressing broader frustrations.