Mbongeni Ngema| Cause of death revealed

Mbongeni Ngema, a legendary playwright, actor, and producer, has passed away.

The word spread that he had passed away on Monday night, 27 December 2023.

According to Daily Sun renowned poet, Mzwakhe Mbuli, broke the news of his death.

“It is true, Mbongeni Ngema is no more. It’s the saddest news ever to close off the year.”

Mbongeni Ngema Cause of death

He said that he was involved in a car accident on their way home from a funeral in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape.

“They were coming from a funeral in Lusikisiki, and they got involved in an accident. I just spoke to the family, and they are shattered and devastated. We have suggested that they prepare a statement because there are already rumours. But the fact is he’s no more,” he said.

Mbongeni is known for co-writing the legendary film and theatre show Sarafina.

He also wrote stimela saze Zola, a romantic song which is commonly incorporated in the latest songs and music genre.

The creative has worked with international musicians such as Quincy Jones and Michael Bolton.

He was also one of the vocal arrangers for Disney’s animated film, The Lion King.

His family also confirmed his death via a statement.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved brother, father, husband and a patriot, Mbongeni Ngema.

“Ngema was killed in a head-on car accident whilst returning from attending a funeral in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape this evening,” they wrote.

The family said they would share details about the funeral arrangement in the coming days.

“The Ngema family, colleagues and friends are deeply devastated about Ngema’s passing. The family will share further details about the funeral arrangements in due course,” they continued.


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