RIP, Simba

By admin
31 January 2015

The Top Billing presenter will be missed by loved ones and friends. Hamba Kahle, Simba Mhere.

He couldn't believe he'd been voted Best TV Presenter at YOU Spectacular last year but fans and loved ones of Simba Mhere were not surprised he'd won.

The Top Billing presenter made an emotional speech when chosen and spoke about how grateful he was to be chosen.

It's typical of his humble nature, friends say. They were devastated by news of the deadly crash in which Simba died early this morning.

He was on his way to the airport to fly to Cape Town to attend the J&B Met.

Tributes poured in thick and fast as news of his death spread. It's believed he was in the car with a friend when the vehicle they were in was involved in a crash with two other cars.

"His father and a friend accompanied Simba who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident," his PR company said in a statement.

"His father luckily escaped unharmed but both Simba and his friend (to be named at a later stage) were killed upon impact as another vehicle collided with theirs, impacting on the side of the vehicle which Simba and his friend were situated."

Several people died in the crash although the number of people who have died have yet to be confirmed.

The driver of one of the vehicles is to be charged with reckless driving and culpable homicide, the SABC reports.

There was an outpouring of grief from fans and celeb friends. Former Top Billing colleague Janez Vermeiren is devastated. "Can't stop thinking about all our conversations," he said on Twitter. "You had big plans Simba and a big heart. I will miss you my brother. See u in heaven. :(."

In August last year he spoke about how excited he was to be presenting a business slot on Gareth Cliff's CliffCentral.

“Gareth knows that I’ve been trying to get on radio for the past two years or so,” Simba said. “With my Accounting degree, I have business background. So I feel I will both be at an expert level and a learning level with the listeners because throughout the show the answers and questions I will receive and be asking will be a learning process for me as well.”

5FM DJ Anele Mdoda best summed up what kind of guy Simba was. "One thing is common knowlegdge about Simba for all of those who knew him through TV or in person. Nicest guy ever. RIP Simba."

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