The country is mourning the passing of seasoned broadcaster Xolani Gwala. Gwala passed away early on Friday morning.

 

Gwala sent shockwaves through the nation when he announced in September 2018 that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer and would be off air to deal with the medical challenge.

He had been battling stage four colon cancer which had already spread to his liver.

Gwala’s experience in the industry includes working as a news reporter, news anchor, producer, talk show host and current affairs presenter and spans across radio and television.

He also worked for SABC’s SAfm as the breakfast show host.

 

During an interview on SABC’s Morning Live show in August last year, he described fighting the disease as “hell”.

He underwent several operations and chemotherapy.

People have taken to Twitter to express their shock and dismay by sending condolence messages and sharing some their fond memories with the man known to many as XG.

Bra X, as he was affectionately known by some of his listeners, was the host of the afternoon drive show and the XG show on Talk Radio 702.

Gwala is survived by his wife, former Miss South Africa, Peggy-Sue Khumalo, and four daughters.