Mthethwa shocked at traditional singer's death

2015-02-28 09:51
Saba Mbixane

Saba Mbixane (Own)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


SA mourns the loss of Captain Senzo Meyiwa

2014-10-27 09:44

As news broke of the tragic death of Bafana Bafana captain Sezno Meyiwa, South Africans have taken to social media to express their shock and devastation. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa expressed shock on Friday at the death of radio presenter and traditional singer, Saba Mbixane.

"This legend of the airwaves served the broadcasting industry with laudable excellence for over three decades," Mthethwa said in a statement.

"He was an outstanding broadcaster, cultural activist, talent scout and promoter of indigenous music, especially mbhaqanga."

The minister sent his condolence to Mbixane's family, friends and fans.

"His legacy will live through the Satma [SA Traditional Music Awards] that will continue to honour the memory of this legend."

The 54-year-old Umhlobo Wenene FM presenter died in hospital on Thursday from injuries sustained in a motorbike accident over two weeks ago.

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini also sent her condolences to Mbixane's family and friends.

"His untimely passing has robbed us of a skilled, committed broadcaster, who played an important role in the edutainment of children as well as teaching them about African culture, respect for other human beings and responsibility," she said in a statement.

"He played a major role in getting children to appreciate and perform traditional art forms - including music and dance – therefore, contributing to social cohesion and child protection."

Dlamini said Mbixane was instrumental in instilling pride in the arts and culture of the black South African child.

The DA in the Eastern Cape expressed its condolences.

"DJ Ntozabantwana' was a true friend/Umhlobo Wenene to his listeners and he will be sorely missed on the airwaves," DA provincial chairperson Veliswa Mvenya said in a statement.

"We trust that the prayers of his listeners and the grace of God will carry his family through this trying time."

Read more on:    nathi mthethwa  |  east london  |  entertainment

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.