TV presenter and producer Akhumzi Jezile has died at the age of 29, a close friend has confirmed to TshisaLIVE
The former YoTV and Tempy Pushas star was apparently killed in a car accident on Saturday morning near Queenstown.
An insider who worked with Akhumzi on YoTV confirmed the news to TshisaLIVE.
“He died this morning (Saturday) in an accident near Queenstown. We are devastated by the news,” they said.
News of his death was shared on social media, with Tsepiso Nzayo sharing confirmation of Akhumzi’s death by an apparent relative on Facebook.
— Tsepiso Nzayo (@TsepisoNzayo) April 28, 2018
This was followed by another confirmation from arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa, who honoured Akhumzi for his “exhilarating energy, passion and appreciation of Africa culture.”
We’re saddened to hear the news of the tragic and sudden passing of multitalented actor, producer, TV & radio presenter, Akhumzi Jezile. We’ll miss his exhilarating energy, passion & appreciation of Africa culture, which inspired him to learn most of our languages. #RIPAkhumzi pic.twitter.com/RdL0rcuGA4
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) April 28, 2018
Police spokesperson Captain Namhla Mdleleni, the accident claimed five lives happened on the N6 near Queenstown in the early hours of Saturday morning. However, she could not confirm the identity of those killed because this had not yet been discussed with the family.
Akhumzi won a Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama Safta award in 2014 for his role as Ngulube in Tempy Pushas.
He later rejoined YoTV, where he had earlier been a presenter, as a producer on its The Big Breakfast show.
Fans and friends, including Tebogo Lerole and Candice Modiselle have taken to social media to share their shock and sadness at his death.