Veteran broadcaster, Xolani Gwala, has been described as a hardworking and humble individual – who was a fierce proponent of the country’s democracy.
This as Gwala’s official provincial funeral is under way in his home town of Impendle in KwaZulu-Natal.
In Impendle today to pay final respects to the legendary #XolaniGwala
A towering figure of broadcasting. A giant. Uwile umuthi omkhulu! Isitsha esihle asidleli!
— Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP🇿🇦 (@MkhulekoHlengwa) November 9, 2019
Gwala died last week Friday after succumbing to colon cancer.
He had been battling the disease for two years.
The death of #XolaniGwala is hard for one to come into terms with it. But the man lived his life to the fullest. We never failed him. We showed him with love and support throughout his cancer journey. Hamba kahle Mphephetwa.
— Evidence Mudau🇿🇦 (@EvidenceMudau1) November 9, 2019
Xolani Gwala’s brother, Simo, delivered the obituary.
Thanks to President for the special funeral to our brother Xolani. He represented Impendle very well, may His soul rest in peace. God will comfort his family and will take care of kids. #XolaniGwala
— Thembinkosi Ndlovu🐘 (@nd_themba) November 9, 2019
“Xolani Gwala was affectionately known as Bra X. He was a South African journalist, a gentlemen and a fierce proponent of our democracy. After the London Marathon, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and put on a brave fight for two years until last Friday. Xolani’s love for life and generosity made him an exceptional human being. He was hard working and humble, a good brother to his siblings and the pride of the Gwala family.”