Presenter, poet dies
Mangethe succumbs to his diabetic illness
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.
Radio and TV presenter Thembinkosi Zwane has died.