Eddie Zondi mourned

2014-06-17 09:42

Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa conveyed his condolences to the family of Metro FM radio DJ Eddie Zondi.

“It is with deep sadness that we have learnt of the sudden death of nationally renowned legendary radio broadcaster Eddie Makhosonke Zondi who died at the age of 47,” Mthethwa said in a statement yesterday.

Zondi, who presented the Romantic Repertoire on Sunday afternoons, died yesterday.

“We confirm as the SABC that we received the sad news that Eddie Zondi passed on this morning,” spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said.

The public broadcaster also sent its condolences to Zondi’s family.

Kganyago could not confirm reports that the radio personality had suffered a heart attack.

Mthethwa described Zondi as a “national icon” and a “legendary broadcaster” who revolutionised broadcasting.

“Today, scores of the new-generation broadcasters at Metro FM and beyond have been inspired and affirmed by Zondi’s unique talent, resilience and determination to use broadcasting to nourish the soul of the nation and lift his life to the greatest heights.”

He said Zondi was able to influence the musical taste at Metro FM “with lyrical content that tugged at the heart strings and emotions”, which increased the station’s listenership.

“He was a rare but highly gifted and disciplined all-rounder who produced his own show, selected his playlist and gave a personal touch to his engagement with female listenership.

“His talent contributed to making Metro FM one of the biggest radio channels in the continent,” said Mthethwa.

The Economic Freedom Fighters also sent their condolences to Zondi’s family.

“Radio will never be the same for lovers of R&B music,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.

“May his soul rest in perfect peace – the peace he managed to give others with his radio show for many years,” said Ndlozi.

The ANC also extended condolences to his family and host of followers. “In his absence, his voice and inspirational music will ring in our ears. His musical legacy will be a benchmark for those who will follow him. May his soul rest in peace.”

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