Condolences are pouring in following the death of SABC News current affairs producer at Umhlobo Wenene Mzukisi Somi. Somi passed away on Saturday after a short illness at Rhwantsana Village in Lady Frere.

The 51-year-old started his broadcasting career as technical producer at former Radio Transkei in 1986. He later joined the news department in 1998 as part of the integration process and was based in Port Elizabeth.

Eastern Cape Current Affairs Executive Producer Khonzeka Lubambo says Somi’s death is a huge blow to them.

“We are really saddened by his sudden death. He was of greatest assistance to us in the newsroom when it came to financials and economics, as he understood them more than anyone in the office. We are really sad and we will surely miss him. Our condolences to his family, his wife, his kids and his relatives.