President Cyril Ramaphosa says the passing of broadcast legend Bob Mabena is a loss to the country as his voice of reason and insight reached millions of South Africans in their homes, workplace and vehicles.

Mabena died on Monday after suffering suspected cardiac arrest. He was 51-years-old.

In a statement, the President said: “It is very sad that such an iconic and household voice has gone silent. May his soul rest in peace”.

Mabena who was in a Johannesburg hospital for a short period this past weekend was discharged earlier on Monday before his condition deteriorated after which he was rushed back to the hospital before his passing.


The Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture has described the passing of Bob Mabena as a loss to the creative industry. Mabena celebrated over 30 years in the industry this year after hosting his first radio show in 1989.

Department Spokesperson Masechaba Ndlovu says: “Mabena was renowned for television and radio as an icon. Bob Mabena wove a remarkable thread across the tapestry of the South African media landscape. He was a giant who left an indelible mark in music, arts, and broadcasting. Rest in peace Bob “The Jammer” Mabena. The creative sector has certainly lost a diamond.”