Metro police spokesperson Edna Mamonyane confirmed the news to Tshalive that Mafela was involved in a car accident at around 10pm on the M1 North between the Oxford and Houghton Road off-ramps in Johannesburg.
“We can confirm that at 21:45 on M1 North between the Oxford and Houghton turn-offs there was an accident between a Ford Figo and a bakkie which took place in construction zone.
“The Bakkie hit the Ford which caused damage to the left hand side of the Ford Figo. The driver of the Figo [Mr Mafela] was declared fatal by paramedics on the scene.
“His fatal condition may have been a medical condition that was brought in during the accident but an investigation into this is now underway,” said Mamonyane.
A family member, Anthony Mafela also confirmed the news on Twitter this morning.
“Sad news.. My uncle Joe Mafela passed on last night,” Anthony said.