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    #RIP Xolani Gwala

    #NEWSWATCH: Xolani Gwala, champion of the South African airwaves, has passed away following a battle with colon cancer. He was 44.

    His family confirmed the news on 702, this morning.

    Gwala had revealed that he was diagnosed with the illness while speaking to Stephen Grootes on 702 in 2017. After receiving treatment, he returned to radio in 2018.

    He had an illustrious career in South African broadcasting, having worked as a reporter, news anchor, producer, talk show host and current affairs presenter. Gwala started his news career at the SABC in KZN in the early '90s, then went on to host current affairs show at SAFM, Johannesburg, his TV show on SABC and finally went on to 702 to host his talk show.

    “Xolani had a special pedigree. He was a hard-hitting broadcaster but respectful to his guests. He always got the answers without being rude. He loved radio, and he believed in its power to hold those in authority accountable and as a vehicle for South Africans to talk,” said South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase.

    According to EWN, those who were close with him have described him as “hard-hitting yet warm, fierce with a touch of softness as well as fearless with a generous spirit.”

    Fans and friends have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Gwala.

    Read more, here:

    Hanging up the earphones: Broadcaster Xolani Gwala diesEWN
    Veteran radio presenter Xolani Gwala diesChannel24
    Veteran broadcaster Xolani Gwala has diedTimes Live

    Read more: 702, SANEF, EWN, CHannel24

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