Tributes continue to pour in for Channel Africa’s business manager Luzuko Koti (47), the former Nelson Mandela Foundation spokesperson and seasoned media practitioner, who died on Monday.
Koti died after a short illness, he was also well known to listeners of Umhlobo Wenene FM as he previously hosted a show on the IsiXhosa language station.
The family says funeral arrangements and details about memorial services will be announced soon.
SABC Group Executive for Radio, Nada Wotshela, says Koti leaves an indelible mark in the broadcasting industry.
Wotshela says, “He served the organisation with honour and integrity as a young journalist and radio presenter on Umhlobo Wenene FM and the SABC newsroom in Port Elizabeth in the early 2000s. He inspired young people from rural communities with his passion and determination to succeed. He soon rose to the position of Assignment Editor, before he left the organisation to join government communications. His coming back to the SABC as Business Manager at Channel Africa kind of completed his life circle. It’s really hard to imagine a future without Luzuko as he had so many plans and dreams that he still wanted to fulfill.”
Our hearts are broken.
It is with great sadness that #RivoniaCircle confirms the passing of one of our founders, @Luzukokoti. Luzuko was a brother, compatriot, and leader who devoted his life to creating a better South Africa.
Below is a statement from Luzuko’s family. pic.twitter.com/ulLaxK5370
— Rivonia Circle (@rivonia_circle) March 21, 2022
Rest in power #Luzuko. Powerful quote that defined your short time on earth.
“It is never enough to just state the problem. Taking action to change the path of your country is the highest level of patriotism.” pic.twitter.com/5S2AM5MQIj
— Felicia Mabuza-Suttle (@Feliciamabuza) March 21, 2022