Zikalala on Scelo Mbokazi’s passing


KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says they were hopeful that beloved Ukhozi FM news reader, Scelo Mbokazi who passed away on Friday would recover. 

 Zikalala has reportedly offered his condolences to Mbokazi’s  family, friends and colleagues.


Mbokazi who had been sick for some time passed away at a hospital in KZN and his cause of death has not yet been revealed. 

Zikalala said ‘uMbhishobhi Omkhulu/The Bishop‘ as Mbokazi was affectionately known was loved by listeners and colleagues even from other rival radio stations. He made news-reading joyful, informative and educative.

“On behalf of the provincial government and all the people of KwaZulu-Natal, we would like to convey our deepest condolences to the Mbokazi family, Ukhozi FM staff and listeners for the loss of their beloved newsreader.

“We were actually taken aback by the announcement of Scelo Mbokazi’s passing. While we heard about his indisposition, we thought he would recover and be back to perform his iconic task of keeping citizens informed.

“KwaZulu-Natal is proud to have been home of the doyen of radio news reading who endeared himself to the listeners of Ukhozi FM through his distinctive style of reading the news and his famous sign off. We are going to miss his jovial nature and sense of humour.”

Sihle Zikalala

The Premier further said that Mbokazi was a familiar voice in the living rooms of many citizens. 

“There is no doubt that the ease with which he communicated news, will leave an indelible mark that will serve as a template for aspiring news readers and broadcasters alike,” he said. 

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