While shooting the third season of Shaka iLembe, Buzz Life News reported there was a food poisoning outbreak. One cast member allegedly died, from separate incidents, unrelated to the food poisoning.

Two weeks ago, a food poisoning incident was reported on the set of Shaka iLembe where staff members allegedly became sick on set. “Many people who were on set on that day became sick,” a source said. “It was bad and kept very much on the hush by the production. I mean, it’s not like they did anything wrong, but keeping it a secret is not a good reflection on the company.”

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In a separate incident, a make-up artist has been reported to have passed away, just a few weeks after the food poisoning incident. “This is sad. But this is something completely different to the food poisoning incident.” The source said the make-up artist whose name cannot be revealed to protect the family was already ill. “This could have happened to anyone. It had nothing to do with the production, it just happened on set.” The source says, not many people knew about it. “They did not want to scare people, death is a serious thing and everyone has their own beliefs.” Multichoice has not as yet confirmed both incidents. The show has been approved for season three.

Mzansi Magic has in a statement dismissed claims of food poisoning on set but acknowledges the death of one crew member.

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“Mzansi Magic can confirm that there was no food poisoning on the set of Shaka iLembe,” reads the statement. “The makeup artist in question was employed on the set for only one-and a-half days,” the statement reads. “On her second day, she reported feeling weak with flu-like symptoms. She was promptly sent to see the medic, and her next of kin was contacted to collect her. Regrettably, her condition worsened, and she passed away three days later at home. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.”

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