South African President Jacob Zuma has expressed his sadness and extended heartfelt condolences on the sad passing of “Legendary Actor and Filmmaker Joe “Sdumo” Mafela” who died in a car accident late Saturday night.

“We have learned with sadness of the passing of one of the pioneers of the television comedy loved by all South Africans young and old. Mr Mafela also affectionately known as Sdumo was also a television producer and songwriter.

“The arts and culture industry has been robbed of a bigger than life figure. We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Mafela Family and May his soul rest in peace,” said President Zuma.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said: “We send our heartfelt condolences and solidarity to the Mafela family in this difficult time. May they find comfort in the knowledge that his was a life well-lived.”

Mafela won numerous accolades, including the Golden Horn Lifetime Achievement Award at the South African Film & Television Awards in 2010. He was born in 1942.

Nobody else was injured in the accident, and according to Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson, Wayne Minnaar, the cause of the accident will be investigated and a charge of culpable homicide investigated. Both cars have been towed to the JMPD pound for investigation. No arrests have been made.

Mafela was apparently one of the few South Africans who spoke almost all 11 Official Languages. But mostly he will be remembered for entertaining South Africans and making their lives lighter and better.