The funeral service of iconic actor Joe Mafela is underway at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus on Wednesday morning.

Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has joined local legends such as Don Mattera, Lillian Dube and other actors at the service.

The procession is expected to move to the Westpark Cemetery where Mafela will be laid to rest.

Family, friends and fans of the veteran actor say they will miss his joy, laughter and open heart the most.

Dube says although his passing is sad, today is about love and humility.

“You know what, Maya Angelou said you will never forget how a person made you feel. Joe made us feel good about ourselves, that’s what I’m going to remember.”