Leleti Khumalo Joins Artists Performing Iconic ‘Sarafina!’ Song ‘Freedom Is Coming Tomorrow’

Leleti Khumalo Joins Artists Performing Iconic ‘Sarafina!’ Song ‘Freedom Is Coming Tomorrow’

  • Leleti Khumalo attended Mbongeni Ngema's funeral in Durban, where she joined other artists on stage to perform
  • Ngema, renowned for producing Sarafina!, passed away in a car accident on 27 December 2023
  • Social media users praised Khumalo for her grace and timeless association with the iconic character of Sarafina

Leleti Khumalo is among South African artists and dignitaries who thronged the International Convention Center in Durban for Mbongeni Ngema's funeral.

Leleti Khumalo at Mbongeni Ngema's funeral
Leleti Khumalo joined artists performing 'Freedom is Coming Tomorrow' at Mbongeni Ngema's funeral service. Image: @mbongeningema and @leletikhumalo
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Leleti Khumalo dances on stage during Mbongeni Ngema's funeral

Mbongeni Ngema's funeral service is underway today in Durban. The star who was popular for producing the iconic movie Sarafina! died on 27 December 2023 after a head-on collision with a truck on his way from the Eastern Cape.

Videos from the legendary playwright's funeral service have been circulating on social media. One video shared by @SiphamandlaGoge on X (formerly Twitter) shows Sarafina! lead actress Leleti Khumalo, who is also Ngema's ex-wife, on stage performing the song Freedom is Coming Tomorrow.

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Leleti Khumalo praised for being classy

Social media users lauded the actress for being classy. Many even noted that Leleti Khumalo will always be Sarafina to them.

@du4real said:

"Leleti Khumalo will always be Sarafina"

@zothi1606 added:

"Love Leleti, she has acted with so much class."

@James682286761 wrote:

"Protest theatre is a beautiful concept to pursue as a country and artist _ it speaks directly to the government of the day."

@She_giwu said:

"Leleti is such a decent human being. This says so much about her character as a woman."

@KhanyisileMana3 commented:

"Leleti Khumalo is forever Sarafina and Sthandwa saka Madlokovu ❤️for her to stand next to the coffin nearly cried."

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