Gone Too Soon! SA Celebs We Painfully Lost In 2020

South Africa also lost a number of its stars, our industries were left crippled. From media, sports, music and all sorts of performing arts, we have buried both promising and veteran stars.

Gone To Soon! SA Celebs We Painfully Lost In 2020-SurgeZirc SA
Mary Twala, Charles Matja And Mshoza/Photo File: SurgeZirc Media

Without a doubt, the year 2020 has been a very difficult year, from seeing people around the world losing their source of income, losing assets, fighting illness and the most touching… losing their loved ones.

South Africa also lost a number of its stars, our industries were left crippled. From media, sports, music and all sorts of performing arts, we have buried both promising and veteran stars. Just this year alone we had to say our final goodbyes to the following stars:

Chilli M

In January radio lovers were left shattered as they learnt that one of their favourites DJs Chilli M was no more. Chilli M was a hugely popular radio DJ, as well as a music producer who collaborated with artists including DJ Tira.

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After stints on Metro FM and East Coast Radio, he moved to YFM, where his drive-time show with Dineo Ranaka, called The Essential Rush, became a hit. In 2012, he joined Ukhozi FM.

Joseph Shabalala

In February we lost Legendary musician who is credited with founding Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala.

Vinolia “V Mash” Mashego

Early April SA Renowned veteran TV presenter and actress Vinolia Mashego, who was well known for hosting the show, Jam Alley. The veteran presenter passed away at the age of 56, in a peaceful sleep at her home.

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Charles “Big Boy” Maja

In April we lost our beloved Skeem Saam actor Charles Big Boy Maja. The talented actor died after he suffered from a stroke.

Sipho Ngema

Again in April 2020, a talented actor Sipho Ngema died of heart failure caused by pulmonary hypertension, the Mzansi actor was much best know of his roles in Uzalo and Rythym City.

Jovan Muthray

In June we lost Jovan Muthray who was a great South African comedian and an actor in Imbewu: The seed as Nilesh. Jovan Muthray died after committing suicide.

Mid 2020 still no rest in SA as the grim reaper is still looms…

Mary “Mampinga” Twala 

Early July Mzansi was left if shock after we learnt of the death of the legendary actress Mary Twala. She will go down in history as one of the best we have ever had. The actress passed away in hospital, after battling a long illness.

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Zindzi Mandela

In July we sadly lost the daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela and Denmark ambassador. In the hearts of many, she’ll remain as one who fought the good till the end.

DJ Papers

Still in the month of July popular Amapiano DJ and dancer Vusi “Papers 707″ Mabuza has died at the age of 42. The star died in hospital after being admitted to hospital for gout.

Allen Booi

In July we also lost Veteran actor Allen Booi. Booi was best known for his role as Mike in the SABC1 drama series Tsha Tsha and as Godfrey Xaba After Nine.

Karabo Mokhubela

The month of July also took away another Skeem Saam actor Karabo Mokhubela. He played the character Jazzy T and was 40 years of age at the time of his death. The cause of his death was not revealed.

Candy Moloi

July 2020 was the month where the dark cloud hanged in South Africa, as it was ending another veteran actress Candy Moloi died following her battle with cancer.

Bob Mabena

In August SA lost a legendary radio host Bob Mabena,  his death shocked many across the country and beyond. Bob Mabena suffered from a heart attack where he was admitted in hospital.

Thandeka Mdeliswa

In September Thandeka, who starred in several TV productions including iKani, eKasi: Our Stories and the film Uthando Lukayisa, was shot in Evander, Mpumalanga, in what her family described as “another incident of violence against women”.


In November the first lady of Kwaito passed away. The Kortez hitmaker succumbed died at the age of 37. It had been reported that she had suffered from complications relating to her diabetes.

Anele Ngcongca 

Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Anele Ngcongca sadly passed away following a tragic car accident. The 33-year-old died a few days after the passing of his former lover Kwaito star Mshoza, real name Nomasonto Maswanganyi.

Motjeka Madisha

In December Mamelodi Sundowns defender Motjeka Madisha lost his life in a car accident. The rising star was involved in a horrific car crash in Kempton Park.

Masses agree that this year can just end because it felt like a horror movie that nobody wanted to really see.

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