General media reports on Dumi Masilela’s passing
Soapie plots Dumi’s Exit
General media reports on Dumi Masilela’s passing
Soapie plots Dumi’s Exit
A selection of News article reporting the death of Dumi Masilela
Three days ago Simphiwe ‘Simz’ Ngema was celebrating the fact that August was her birthday month. Now she’s a widow, refusing to believe that her husband, Dumi Masilela, who she married in a traditional ceremony in May, was gunned down in a botched hijacking in Tembisa on Wednesday night.
“She held him and tried to comfort him in the hours leading to his death. For her it wasn’t a final goodbye because she didn’t think he would die. She thought he would recover,” said family spokesperson Mpumi Phillips.
Masilela and a friend had parked a VW Golf in the road when a black Jeep approached them. They tried to flee from attempted hijackers but a car chase ensued and the occupants of the Jeep opened fire.
The Rhythm City actor was shot and rushed to hospital, where he was still conscious as family and friends rushed to his side. His new bride held his hand as he complained of severe pain and was taken to emergency surgery. She wouldn’t see him alive again. After a gruelling five hour surgery and all attempts to save his life, the 29-year-old died.
“Simphiwe is devastated and in deep shock. She is a strong woman and seems to be handling it a moment at a time. She is surrounded by close friends and family who are watching over her and providing her with support. His mother is also not coping with the news. She lost her husband just a year ago and so she is shattered by Dumi’s death ,” Phillips said.
The sombre mood at the family home, broken now and then by Ngema crying or sharing memories of her husband, was dealt another tragic blow after the actor’s aunt died “after hearing Dumi had died.”
The aunty was the actor’s father’s sister and was still mourning the death of her brother when she heard about her nephew being gunned down.
Ngema, a former Muvhango actress, tried to focus on the good memories. The couple, who were dating for a few years before their traditional ceremony, became media darlings for their loved-up social media posts and sweet dedications to each other. Just this week the actress paid tribute to her husband on Instagram.
“The world has not seen nor heard of what God has in store for you. Watching you grow into the role of being a husband and leader of our family has been a blessing. I am proud to be called your wife.”
And even in death, in between the tears, Ngema could only praise her husband.
“She told family and friends that he (Dumi) would often visit schools to give motivational talks and would be swamped by fans and admirers. It was something that made him happy,” Phillips added.
Although South Africans knew Masilela for his role as Sfiso Ngema on Rhythm City he was considered a triple threat as a talented soccer player, singer and actor. He first shot to fame with a promising career with PSL side Supersport United.
After a car accident sidelined Masilela’s professional soccer career several years ago, he auditioned for TV music reality competition Idols SA, where he finished in the top 18. This saw him quickly snatched up by e.tv’s Rhythm City.
“My character’s story took me on a journey of self-discovery that helped me to unveil my pain and deal with it,” he was quoted as saying.
Tributes from cast members, politicians, friends and family have poured in with sentiment being unanimous: crime has robbed us of a great talent.
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The Young Professionals have been collecting funds and winter clothing for the Sukuma Foundation. The proceeds are going to be delivered this Tuesday for the Nelson Mandela Day “67 minutes” give-back campaign.
The activities of the day include gardening, painting of tyres, handing over of the blankets/winter clothes and food packs.
Venue: 772 Verbena Crescent, Katlehong.
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18 July 2017
The Christian life is meant to be marked by simplicity. Jesus summed up our purpose with two statements: love God and love people. But in our humanity we have made complex what God designed to be peaceful, purposeful, and simple. A. W. Tozer remarks in The Pursuit of God, “Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all. If we would find God amid all the religious externals, we must first determine to find Him, and then proceed in the way of simplicity.”
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.
The world is an exhausted place. We search constantly for what should be most important or what deserves our attention from moment to moment. As the tides of societal values ebb and flow, so do our affections. We invest value and love into that which offers us nothing in return. And unfortunately the cares of this world have creeped into the people of God. Our gatherings are often marked by complexity and exhaustion. With program goals and achievements, we make complex what God intended to be so blessedly simple. We give our attention, energy, and love to that which isn’t always rooted in simply loving God.
When asked to highlight the most important commandment in all of Scripture, Jesus responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38). All of Christianity boils down to this one pursuit. And because we are to pursue loving God in all we do, all of life boils down to this single pursuit. Every single thing we do, whether it involves work, family, friends, church, entertainment, school, or solitude, is meant to be marked by the simplicity of loving God.
At the end of our days, the way we loved our heavenly Father will matter most. Our love for God matters more than any achievement, success, or program. It matters more than any possession, status, or relationship. And when we align our perspective with the first and greatest commandment, everything else comes into focus. When we pursue loving God above all else, all other pursuits fall into their proper places.
We were not created to offer our affections to anyone or anything but God first and foremost. To do otherwise is simply idolatry, and it will ruin the heavenly peace and simplicity God intends for his children. We create our own golden calves and ask them to satisfy us in ways only God can. We look to the world to offer us love it never had to begin with. But your heavenly Father is a wellspring of love and affection for you.
The commonly quoted verse John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” You will never be satisfied until you rest in the powerfully simple truth of Scripture that God has loved you and will always love you. And you will never experience the fullness of what Christ died to give you until you respond to his ceaseless love by crowning him Lord and loving him with every fiber of your being.
May you come to realize the beauty and fulfillment of a life lived in pursuit of God above all else as you spend time in prayer.
Grace is a glorious commodity of heaven that can only be received and experienced in surrender to the will and love of our heavenly Father. Our world is unable to offer grace because it is in a constant state of need, and grace can only be offered from a place of true wholeness and love. In utter completeness, our God is able to offer us grace because he needs nothing from us in return. He requires nothing of us, so he offers us everything apart from any ability or inherent value we possess.
Grace comprises the core of the Christian foundation. It’s God’s grace that drove him to send his Son as payment for our sins. It’s through grace that we enter into the fullness of restored relationship with our good Father. It’s through grace that we receive forgiveness for our sins. And it’s in the simplicity of grace that we are transformed into the very image of our Savior.
I find myself continually missing out on all that God’s grace offers me. I retreat into a lifestyle of works where I try to earn what God has already given me. I work for the love of my heavenly Father and others, vying for affection rather than receiving the ceaseless love of God for me. I strive and work for holiness and righteousness instead of simply aligning myself with the new nature of freedom God has offered me in grace.
1 Corinthians 15:10 says, “By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain.” Can you say today that you are what you are by the grace of God? Is your life marked by and founded on God’s limitless supply of grace? Are your emotions, perspectives, pursuits, and relationships founded on the notion that God loves you simply because he loves you? Have you found total security and rest in the loving embrace of a God who longs to fill you, sustain you, bless you, provide for you, and love you simply because it’s his desire?
Allow God to fill you with a fresh revelation of his grace today. Come before him with an open heart, and allow the truth of his unceasing and grace-filled love wash through you. Allow him to cast out any fear, toil, or burden that is keeping you from the abundant life available to you. Spend time in guided prayer being transformed by the simplicity of grace.
1. Meditate on the principles of grace. How does it work? Where does it come from? How can you experience it? Allow God’s word to lay a foundation of grace by which you live.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
“For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.” Galatians 2:19-21
2. In what ways are you living a works based life? Where do you need a fresh vision for living by grace?
3. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a fresh vision for how deeply God’s grace goes in any and every circumstance you face. Ask him to fill you with a fresh revelation of how deeply he loves you regardless of what you do. Allow him to lead you into a lifestyle of living by grace in every pursuit, relationship, thought, and perspective.