- Rhythm City has paid tribute to late actor Sipho Ngema, who was loved by cast members on set as well as his thousands of viewer fans
- Ngema played the character of Raymond on the soapie
- Scores of social media users also took to social media to send messages of condolences to his family and friends
When the news about Sipho Ngema's passing broke out last week, scores of people took to social media to pay their last respects to the actor.
The former Uzalo and Rhythm City actor passed away in a Johannesburg hospital last Tuesday from a heart failure.
Sipho used to work on set arranging props at Scandal! in 2005 before he became an actor.
His peers also took to social media to pass their messages of condolences to his family and friends.
Rhythm City has also joined Mzansi peeps in paying tribute to Ngema, who played the role of Raymond on the soapie.
Rhythm City's creative director Eric Itumeleng Mogale said they had lost a friend and a fighter, according to a statement sent to TshisaLIVE.
"We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the Ngema family. May the Good Lord protect your beautiful hearts in these challenging times. We truly lost a friend, a fighter, and an artist."
Eric said he was heartbroken by news of his death.
"I worked with Sipho for many years. I knew him when he was still doing props at Scandal in 2005 before he pursued his love for acting. He played a stint role in Rhythm City as Lerato Tselapedi’s boyfriend from Rustenburg. May your soul live on Mthi wam (Sipho Ngema)."
Sipho's daughter Mbali said:
"He passed away [on Tuesday] night at 10.15pm at a hospital in Johannesburg. He suffered from pulmonary hypertension, which caused his heart to fail. The family is currently discussing details of his burial."
Actor and director Jabulani Mthembu also confirmed the news of Sipho's passing in a Facebook post.
When one social media user said this was fake news, Mthembu replied:
"I wish it was. I am from his place today."