Death of stars, a loss of talent says NYDA

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

As tributes continued to pour in for three South African youngsters Akhumzi Jezile, Thobani Mseleni and Siyasanga Kobese who died in a car crash at the weekend, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has described their untimely death as a loss of talent for the country.

“Their contribution to a better South Africa through their natural talents will continue to inspire a generation of limitless youth,” said NYDA Executive Chairperson Sifiso Mtsweni.

The trio were travelling together when their car crashed on the N6 near Komani in the Eastern Cape killing a total of five people on Saturday. The multi-talented actor, producer, TV and radio presenter Jezile was a familiar face on South Africa television having cut his teeth as a presenter on SABC’s children’s programme YoTV.

The gifted eZibeleni-born Kobese was an actress who played the character of “Siphokazi” on the drama series Zabalaza. She was also well-known for her powerful voice while singing with Joyous Celebration choir.

Fort Beaufort-born Mseleni was introduced to South African television viewers while playing roles including that of "Bhonyongo" in the drama series Matatiele and recently, as Babalo in the award-winning movie Inxeba: The Wound.

The NYDA sent its condolences to the friends, families, colleagues and fans of the trio while also speaking out against the carnage on South African roads

“Their well-lived life will encourage youth to pursue their passion and desire to serve South Africa with vigour. Young people should take the lead and play a meaningful role in the heightened 365 days road safety programme led by the Department of Transport” said Mtsweni.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the nation has been dealt a triple and breath-taking blow.

"Death has robbed our nation of three of its versatile and glittering lodestars who- like the 'three wise men from the East' came into this world bearing precious gifts and shared them generously,” the Minister said on Sunday. –SAnews.gov.za

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