Madi Phala

Madi Phala (2 February 1955 – 2 March 2007) was a South African artist. His most recent works were predominantly painting, and collage and dealt with the theme of the African herd boy.

Madi Phala
Born(1955-02-02)2 February 1955
Kwa-Thema, Springs, South Africa
Died2 March 2007(2007-03-02) (aged 52)


Phala was born 2 February 1955 in Kwa-Thema, Springs, South Africa.

Phala's work is represented in several private and corporate art collections, including the French Embassy; De Beers, London, as well as Minister Pallo Jordan and art historian Barbara Lindop. His sculpture SS Mendi Memorial, commemorating the sinking of troopship Mendi in 1917, was designated a national heritage site in 2016.[1]

He was murdered outside his house at Langa, Cape Town on 2 March 2007 during a robbery.[2][3]


  1. MG Digital. "SS Mendi and Sharpville massacre named as new heritage sites". DispatchLive. East London Daily Dispatch. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. "Madi Phala murdered", artthrob, Issue No. 115, March 2007.
  3. Makwabe, Buyekezwa (April 2007). "Heritage work is doubly poignant". Sunday Times Heritage Project. South African History Archive. Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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