After a two-year battle with colon cancer, Xolani the beloved radio personality has passed away at 44. His show on Radio 702 focused on national and international news as well as current affairs.
In September 2017, whilst on air with Stephen Grootes, he confirmed that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer. He shared during the interview that the cancer was “quite advanced” and that the diagnosis was sudden and unexpected. However, he expressed his resolve to fight the disease and fight for his life.
Known for his smooth voice, hard-hitting style and unique connection to his audience, Xolani left a mark on many South Africans. He was popularly known as Mphephethwa and many listeners called in to 702 to express their condolences.
Originally from a small town outside of Pietermaritzburg, Xolani had two decades of experience in broadcasting and was well respected in media and government circles.
As the news spread, several people paid tribute to the seasoned broadcaster. Peggy Sue, Xolani’s wife, wrote a heartfelt open letter in regards to her husband’s passing.
“We were hopeful even though we always knew the gravity of the situation. From February to June this year, Xolani took part in a world-first clinical trial in Israel.
His medical team has been amazing, and we have enormous admiration for the work they are doing in advancing cancer treatment.
While the miracle did not materialise, these last few months have been precious and we are eternally grateful that Xolani has been able to spend them with us as a family. This journey has made our family much stronger and has brought us together.”
May his soul rest in peace.