Sibusiso Khwinana

The production team behind ‘Matwetwe’ is set to premiere a documentary about late actor Sibusiso Khwinana. Image via Twitter @NathiMthethwaSA

’57’: Actor Sibusiso Khwinana’s legacy honoured in crime doccie

A documentary centered around late ‘Matwetwe’ star Sibusiso Khwinana will dive into South Africa’s shocking crime statistics.

Sibusiso Khwinana

The production team behind ‘Matwetwe’ is set to premiere a documentary about late actor Sibusiso Khwinana. Image via Twitter @NathiMthethwaSA

South African actor and Matwetwe star Sibusiso Khwinana was tragically stabbed to death on Friday 1 March 2019. It is reported by EWN that Khwinana and his friend were allegedly attacked by a robber over a cellphone. The actor was 25 years old at the time of his death. 

As per SowetanLive, Khwinana’s death has inspired a new documentary titled 57. The documentary is set to feature journalists, citizens, academics and a criminologist. 57 will premiere on Wednesday 14 September. 

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At the time of his death, Sibusiso Khwinana was fairly new on the local film circuit. According to EWN, the 25-year-old was stabbed to death in Pretoria when an attacker approached him and his friend demanding a cellphone. The publication further reports that Khwinana was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Two years before his death, Khwinana starred as the lead actor in Matwetwe, a film about two matriculants who are ready for the next phase of their lives. The film takes places over New Year’s Eve in Pretoria. Matwetwe was directed by Kagiso Lediga and produced by Grammy-winning producer Black Coffee. 

Shortly after his death, there were half-price screenings to honour Khwinana’s memory. 



57, a documentary honouring Sibusiso Khwinana is set to premiere on Wednesday 14 September. SowetanLive reports that the title of the documentary was inspired by the shocking crime statistics in South Africa, which reported that 57 were murdered every day. The production team behind the successful Matwetwe also worked on 57

Sibusiso Khwinana’s friend Tebatso Mashishi told the publication that the release of the documentary is very emotional for him. 

“The gesture is very humbling and it remembers the legend he was, though he was young. The wound is still fresh and I am caught between celebrating a beautiful soul and mourning,” said Mashishi. 

“The film itself is shining a light on the fact that 57 people died daily at the time. When my friend died on 1 March 20219, he became part of those statistics.”

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Ahead of 57, Mashishi said he did not want to watch the documentary because it was triggering for him. 

“It really took a lot out of me to get to watch it,” he said. 

The documentary will premiere on SABC 3 at 21:00 on 14 September.