Beloved entertainer, actor, and television presenter turned producer Akhumzi Jezile died early and at the peak of his career 4 years ago, and to many industry friends and family, his untimely death is still mourned today. Akhumzi died from a fatal car accident on this date in 2018 at the tender age of 29 together with his close friend Siyasanga Kobese, Thobani Mseleni, and two other friends, between Maletswai and Komani in Eastern Cape, and on his way to his grandmother's funeral in Ngcobo.
The former YoTV presenter was buried in Johannesburg with his funeral service held at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg.
The SAFTA Award-winning actor for his “Ngulube” role on SABC 1’s old series Tempy Pushas is known for his hard work and passion for the entertainment industry aside from all the love and laughter he shared with both viewers, colleagues, and friends. Today, many of his friends are remembering and honoring his memory on the 4th anniversary of his passing on social media.
Some of the entertainer's friends in the industry including Dr. Musa Mthombeni, Lumko Johnson, Andile Ncube, Zizo Tshwete, and Mablerh have poured their hearts out in memory of Akhumzi as they shared good memories with the media mogul who lost his life in 2018.
Dr. Musa Mthombeni shared an old picture of him and Akhumzi in their youth on Instagram with the caption, “Gone but never forgotten Akhumzi Jezile. The sad part is that you used this (photo) thinking it’s cool, kanti…” while Andile Ncube replied in the post with a heartfelt message that read, “Damn! I smile when I think about how he would’ve loved seeing you and Liesl and how we’d be gossiping every day about your darkness.”
Lumko Johnson who was a close and dear friend of Akhumzi’s reflected on his life in a lengthy Twitter thread that left a lot of emotional responses. The nonbinary radio presenter started off the thread with the statement, “Today in 2018, I got a call telling me my friend Akhumzi had died in a car accident. Today, I am a little more fragile than others - tread carefully around.”
Lumko continued sharing their funny memories as colleagues producing YoTV shows, in one tweet Lumko shared, “Another time I’d booked Prokid as a guest on the show and he arrived really drunk. I wanted to can the interview but Akhumzi insisted on feeding him apples to sober him up ahead of the interview. We had him sitting in the parking lot at Urban Brew biting into Granny Smiths.”Lumko also mentioned that Akhumzi wasn’t only funny and chaotic, but also confrontational too, and fellow presenter Ayanda Makhuzeni agrees. “Akhumzi was very confrontational,” wrote Lumko, “Someone once spoke sh*t about him and I told him in caution. He drove to the dude’s house in Daveyton on a random Friday night and had me on the speaker to relay the gossip the dude had shared with me, in his presence. That guy hasn’t spoken to me since.” Ayanda Makhuze replied to this part of the thread by sharing his own experience of being confronted by the late Akhumzi.Kaya FM’s MaBlerh also shared his memory of the actor. He tweeted, “Akhumzi was the most chaotic friend I had. I hate chaos and he brought it to my doorstep every chance he could. I once sat at an award show being televised with someone on my lap. Why? Because Akhumzi said, “don’t worry chomam, sizongena sonke” and sangena SONKE. I miss him.” He also shared how his friendship with Jezile came about, “How I became friends with Akhumzi? He came up to me at an event and said (I like you. We are friends now) The next day, he was at my house. I had absolutely no say in it. He happened to me.”