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Actor Dumi Masilela laid to rest

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JOHANNESBURG – Actor and musician Dumi Masilela will be laid to rest in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The funeral service starts at 8am at at the Hope Restoration Ministries in Kempton Park.

Friends, family and fans say his death in an attempted hijacking has robbed the entertainment industry of a great talent.

Masilela played Sfiso on the soapie Rhythm City.

He passed away last week, after an attempted hijacking. He was shot in Tembisa and died in hospital.

READ: 'Rhythm City' actor Dumi Masilela dies

A memorial service was held on Wednesday.

Before he became a TV star, Masilela played soccer for SuperSport United.

The team's marketing manager, Coltrane Munyai, shared his memories of Masilela's early sporting career.

‘He was a good player. He played for the under 23s and that is where we saw him. He was a very young player. So he didn’t play much and, unfortunately, I think in 2008 he was involved in a car accident. That’s where his soccer career jeopardised.’

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Munyai said they scouted Dumi when he was at the University of Pretoria.

‘He went through therapy and was in recovery in 2009. In 2010, he was told he can’t play football any more and that’s when his acting career started. Honestly, Dumi was a young energetic guy. I was not surprised to see him again entertaining people. I think he was born for that.’

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