The country is still reeling from the shock of Bob Mabena no longer being with us.
The veteran broadcaster and award-winning musician was confirmed dead on Monday, following a short visit to the hospital.
At this time, it is not clear what the cause of his death is. We just know that he was admitted in hospital on Saturday, according to Power FM’s chairman, Given Mkhari.
“He was admitted to hospital on Saturday and was discharged this morning (Monday). On his way home, he experienced more pain and they went back to the hospital. When I arrived at hospital, he was in ICU. Mrs Mabena was called into the room when they pronounced him dead.” he said.
Cyril Ramaphosa on Bob Mabena: ‘Mzansi has lost a household voice’
Mabena’s family and friends have been showered with heartfelt tributes and prayers since the news of his passing was confirmed.
His proteges came forward and shared tearjerking tales about the opportunities he gave them that became the key reason behind their success.
President Cyril Ramaphosa also took the time to send his condolences to the Mabena family, remembering Bob as South Africa’s household voice.
“This is a sad loss not only to Bob’s family and friends, but to the broadcast fraternity and the country. His exceptional talent and voice of reason and insight reached millions of South Africans in their homes, workplaces and vehicles.
“It is very sad that such an iconic and household voice has gone silent. May his soul rest in peace”, he said.”
Power FM holds vigil for Bob Mabena in studio
Details on Mabena’s funeral have yet to be confirmed. We imagine it will be a commemoration as large as his personality was.
The studio he would have occupied at Power FM on Tuesday morning was left empty. There was an ominous silence in the room as the candle placed on his table lit up below the microphone he would have used to grace the airwaves.
Mabena will be sorely missed.