Xolani Gwala

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Xolani Gwala
Born 25 June 1975
Impendle, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Died 01 November 2019 (aged 44)
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa
Cause of death Cancer
Other names
  • XG
  • Bra XG
Education St Mary’s Secondary School
Alma mater Technikon Natal
  • Radio Host
  • Television Host
  • Journalist
Years active 1996-2019
Notable work Asikhulume
Spouse(s) Peggy Sue Khumalo
Children 3

Xolani Gwala (25 June 1975 - 01 November 2019) was a South African journalist, television host and radio host. He started his career at SABC Radio's Ukhozi FM and later gained widespread fame as the host of Asikhulume on SABC 1. Xolani Gwala spent the better part of his career between the South African Broadcasting Corporation and Primedia Broadcasting's Radio 702.

Career Highlights

Social Media

  1. Twitter, gwalax, 02 November 2019

Illness and Cancer Diagnosis

Speaking to SABC 2's Morning Live in August 2018; Xolani Gwala said he had flu like symptoms and upon visiting a doctor several times until his wife took him to hospital where he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. At the time of the Morning Live interview, Xolani Gwala had undergone three surgeries, six cycles of chemotherapy and was in remission.


Xolani Gwala died on Friday 01 November 2019. His death was confirmed by a statement issued by family spokesperson, Matsi Modise, on behalf of his wife, Peggy-Sue.

"The children and I and the rest of the family are devastated to share with you that our dearest XG, father, friend, broadcasting icon and campaigner for cancer awareness tragically lost his brave battle against this veracious decease in the early hours of this morning (Friday)," Matsi Modise said on the Radio 702 broadcast.

"We were hopeful and always knew the gravity of the situation. From February to June this year, Xolani took part in a world-first clinical trial in Israel. His medical team has been amazing and we have enormous admiration for the work they are doing in advancing cancer treatment. While the miracle did not materialise, these last few months have been precious and we are eternally grateful that Xolani has been able to spend them with us as a family this journey ha made our family much stronger and has brought us together," the statement read.


  1. TVSA, Xolani Gwala, 02 November 2019
  2. IOL/ Sunday Independent,John Robbie pays warm tribute to Xolani Gwala, 02 November 2019
  3. Channel24, Veteran radio presenter Xolani Gwala dies, 02 November 2019
  4. Sowetan LIVE, Xolani Gwala: 'The miracle didn't materialise,' says devastated Peggy-Sue Khumalo, 02 November 2019
  5. Times LIVE, WATCH | Xolani Gwala described his fight against cancer as 'hell', 02 November 2019
  6. The South African, Xolani Gwala dead: Veteran radio host loses battle with colon cancer, 02 November 2019
  7. 702, Xolani never gave up - Redi Tlhabi and fellow broadcasters pay tribute to XG, 02 November 2019

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