Pre­sen­ter, poet dies

Mangethe suc­cumbs to his di­a­betic ill­ness

Sowetan - - News - By Pa­tience Bam­balele

Jozi FM and Soweto TV pre­sen­ter Them­binkosi Zwane, who was fa­mously known as Mangethe, has died.

Zwane died on Fri­day af­ter a long bat­tle with sugar di­a­betes at a hospi­tal in New­cas­tle in KwaZulu-Natal.

The 43-year-old dee­jay has been di­a­betic since 2014.

Zwane co-pre­sented an African tra­di­tional mu­sic show, Izigi Umgxobanyawo, with Vu­sizwe Langa, on Satur­days from 8am to 11am on Jozi FM.

At Soweto TV, he hosted the tra­di­tional mu­sic show, Izigi on Satur­days from 5pm to 6pm.

Both shows were steeped in tra­di­tional mu­sic gen­res – mbaqanga and maskandi. Zwane worked for Jozi FM for 20 years, also dou­bling-up as a praise poet. He in­ter­spersed his mu­si­cal prow­ess with his praise-singing tal­ent.

The sta­tion man­ager Mpho Mh­longo said the sta­tion was sad­dened by Zwane’s death.

“He was pas­sion­ate about cul­ture and her­itage. He used his show to preach the im­por­tance of cul­ture and her­itage.” De­tails of Zwane’s me­mo­rial and funeral ser­vices have not yet been an­nounced.

/ VELI NHLAPO

Ra­dio and TV pre­sen­ter Them­binkosi Zwane has died.

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