Hamba kahle Mphephethwa, Xolani Gwala

The ANC is devastated by the death of the seasoned broadcaster Xolani Gwala who  passed away in hospital, early on Friday 01 November 2019 after battling stage four colon cancer. The 44 year old Gwala's work ethic earned him respect on the radio waves in his career that spanned over 24 years. He devoted his life tackling and documenting issues of human interest particularly those affecting the socio-economic and political status of South Africa. He was a formidable broadcaster who never placed himself ahead of the interests and needs of South Africans who trusted his platforms as safe spaces for dialogue. He contributed immensely to the transformational media approach in informing, educating and entertaining.

He will be remembered for his enthusiastic engagements that captivated his audiences and encouraged public debates.

The ANC believes that the country has lost one of its talented journalists who would probe with respect but who also conducted himself with integrity. We say hamba kahle, Mphephethwa, Your contribution to the profession and service to your country will never be forgotten. We were inspired by your courage and fortitude to share your fight against cancer with the listeners two years ago. We have been moved by the hard and formidable fight you waged, which represented your greatness and will power to conquer. We were convinced you would overcome this dreaded disease that has become an epidemic but it was not to be.

The ANC conveys deepest condolences to the family and friends of the seasoned broadcaster, Xolani Gwala.