Seasoned radio personality Xolani Gwala has died at the age of 44 after succumbing to a lengthy battle with cancer. His family confirmed this morning on Radio 702.
During an interview on 702 in 2017 September, Xolani confirmed that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer and that he will be off-air as he fought the disease.
In July 2018, 702 station manager announced that Xolani Gwala was officially in remission and was recovering well. After his return, he thanked his family, friends and fans for their support.
In an interview last year August on SABC’s Morning Live show, the radio presenter described fighting the disease as “hell”. He underwent several operations and six cycles of chemotherapy and, at the time, said he was in remission.
“The lesson is to be grateful‚” said Gwala‚ adding that he was thankful for his family‚ friends and doctors — and the ability to afford the treatment he was given.
RIP Xolani Gwala.
You were a brilliant broadcaster, a kind human being with an affable smile, always.
Condolences to your family and friends.
Rest in peace, my colleague. pic.twitter.com/5HiQjdNI7J
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) November 1, 2019
“It is devastating to wake up to the news of the passing of our beloved Xolani Gwala. I know all South Africans had you in our daily prayers, but God had another plan for you. Let you soul Rest In Peace and deepest condolences to your family” – Former Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Mr Herman Mashaba paid his condolences on Twitter.
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Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.