Tributes pour in for DJ Saba Mbixane

By Drum Digital
26 February 2015

Tributes are pouring in for Umhlobo Wenene FM DJ Saba “Zaw-Zaw” Mbixane.

He passed away on Thursday morning from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident earlier this month.

Mbixane, (54) who hosted the popular programme Lavuthibhayi, died at 9.30am after being in a coma for two weeks.

He was a six-time winner in the South African Traditional Music Awards (Satma) best radio show and radio DJ categories.

He was to celebrate 30 years in radio.

Saba “Zaw Zaw” Mbixane  (1)

The accident occurred just outside Mount Frere.

According to an eye witness, the radio legend was trying to avoid low-flying vultures when he lost control of his bike while travelling along a gravel road.

At the time of the accident Mbixane was wearing a helmet.

The legend was first taken to Madzikane Ka Zulu Memorial Hospital before flown to the Nelson Mandela Central Hospital’s intensive care unit.

A dejected Dumisani Goba, founder of the Satmas, paid a special tribute to Mbixane, who he described as “the fallen giant of the radio industry”.

Goba said the organisation plans to approach the National and the Eastern Cape Provincial Government with a request that Mbixane be granted a special national or provincial funeral.



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