Sonke Gender Justice mourns the loss of veteran broadcaster Xolani Gwala

Today Sonke Gender Justice pays its respects to seasoned broadcaster Xolani Gwala. We are profoundly saddened by the news of his passing after a two year long battle with cancer.

His family confirmed the news to his 702 colleagues and listeners this morning.

Born in 1975 at Impendle, KwaZulu-Natal, ‘XG’ or Bra X as he was affectionately known by some of his listeners, was the host of the Xolani Gwala show and the afternoon drive show on Radio 702. Xolani had more than twenty years of experience in broadcasting including working as a news anchor, producer, reporter, talk show host and current affairs presenter.

Sonke’s Acting Co-Executive Director, Bafana Khumalo reacted to the passing of the broadcasting giant saying: “I woke up to the devastating news about the passing on of the immutable Xolani Gwala. What a life! In only 44 years Mphephethwa has made such a huge contribution and touched so many lives through his sheer professionalism as a journalist. Hamba kahle mfowethu. Condolences to the family”.

To Xolani’s family, his dear wife Peggy-Sue and the children, friends and colleagues, we send our deepest condolences for your loss. The world mourns with you. What a life!

Hamba Kahle Mphephethwa.

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  • Given Sigauqwe, Communications & Strategic Information Unit Manager, Sonke Gender Justice, 073 988 2870 or