For over four decades he has touched many lives through his work as a producer, comedian and actor on local television and film, as well as through his music, and his work in the community.
He leaves behind his wife, three sons and a daughter and six grandchildren.
Here are a few pictures to reflect on the life and times of this legendary entertainer:
Actors Joe Mafela and Lillian Dube on July 16, 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Gallo Images / Sunday World / Mabuti Kali
Veteran actor and film producer, Joe Mafela during an interview on August 6, 2015 in Johannesburg. Image: Gallo Images / City Press / Lucky Nxumalo
Tshidi Vera, Faith Mutambi, Fikile Mbalula, Boikie Pholo, Hlaudi Motsoeneng and Joe Mafela during the launch of the SABC Encore on May 11, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new SABC channel will be hosted on DStv, Channel 156. Image: Gallo Images / Frennie Shivambu
Actor Joe Mafela at the launch of the Living Legends Legacy Project on August 25, 2015 at Cedar Woods Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. The project, which aims to identify Living Legends across all arts disciplines and get them involved in programmes that promote arts, was launched by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa and saw well-known legends such as Letta Mbulu; Abigail Kubheka; Caiphus Semenya; Thandi Klaasen, Joe Mafela; Dorothy Masuka and other great veterans in attendance. Image: Gallo Images / City Press / Denzil Maregele
Legendary actor Joe Mafela and Dorothy Masuka during the funeral service of the late jazz legend Thandi Klaasen on January 27, 2017 in Boksburg, South Africa. Scores of people braved the chilly weather to bid farewell to the music icon. Image: Gallo Images / Sunday World / Mduduzi Ndzingi
Legendary actor Joe Mafela during the wedding of businessman Matome Meela and Zanele Sangweni on October 22, 2016 in Soweto, South Africa. Actors and celebrities gathered at the Dlamini community hall to bear witness as businessman Matome Meela wedded Zanele Sangweni, who is the younger sister of Muvhango's lead actress Sindi Dlathu. Image: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Antonio Muchave
Comedian Joe Mafela. Image: Gallo Images/Daily Sun