Dumi Masilela

Rhythm City actor Dumi Masilela has died.

Masilela, who played the role of Sifiso Ngema on the popular e.tv soapie, died after being shot in an attempted hijacking on Wednesday evening.

According to Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubele they are investigating a case of murder and attempted hijacking.

Two men also died in the attempted hijacking.

Masilela and a friend were sitting in a white golf 7 on Wednesday night when they were approached by a black jeep and two occupants tried hijacking them.

Masilela tried to drive off and was shot.

Gauteng police said they are now hunting for the perpetrators.

After Masilela was wounded they pulled over and his friend then drove him to hospital, where he died on Thursday morning.

The South African Department of Arts and Culture expressed its deepest condolences to Masilela’s family, friends and colleagues.

A car accident sidelined Masilela’s professional soccer career several years ago.

After more than three years of rehabilitation, he carved out a new career in television.

Masilela recently married former Muvhango actress Simphiwe Ngema.