Joe Mafela celebrated for breaking barriers in SA arts

Veteran actor Joe Mafela was laid to rest on Wednesday morning.

His funeral took place at the University of Johannesburg before proceeding to the Westpark Cemetry.

WATCH: Veteran actor Joe Mafela laid to rest

Family, friends and fans remembered Mafela as a generous man, reports EWN's Katleho Sekhotho.

The funeral procession really followed his personality. It was fun, it was loving... It was really a festive occasion as opposed to a sad and sombre mood.

Katleho Sekhotho, EWN reporter

Veteran actress and musician Abigail Kubeka performed a tribute to her friend and colleague and the likes of Lillian Dube and Don Mattera were also in attendance.

Read: Lillian Dube reminisces on great life of legend Joe Mafela

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa spoke at the funeral and said the actor broke barriers, especially during apartheid, expanding the possibilities for black actors.

Nathi Mthethwa said that Mafela affected a quiet revolution in the arts, which said black lives matter.

Katleho Sekhotho, EWN reporter

The 75-year-old died in a car crash on the M1 in Johannesburg earlier this month.

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