Popular SABC sports analyst and anchor David Kekana has passed away at the age of 47.
According to the SABC, he was hospitalised at Milpark several weeks ago, but failed to recover, passing on during the afternoon of Sunday.
Kekana’s family confirmed in a statement on Monday morning that the veteran journalist passed away on Sunday after a long battle with diabetes.
He had worked at the SABC for 18 years, and was still in their employ during his illness.
Tributes and condolences have poured in for one of the country’s most familiar and friendly faces on TV. He was best known for his take on local football.
I will NEVER EVER forget you David Kekana and all you taught me about sportcasting. I'm glad our paths crossed, Rest in Perfect Peace big brother😭😭😭😭💔💔💔💔😭😭😭. Heaven has gained an angel pic.twitter.com/qwUnJbJJZH
— Xoli Zondo (@XoliswaZondo) August 25, 2019
Today we woke up to devastating news of the passing of veteran football Analyst, David Kekana. His contribution to football analysis spans close to 2 decades & his commitment to sports development will be sorely missed. We send our sympathies to his loved ones #RIPDavidKekana pic.twitter.com/DTeCsfCeMY
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) August 26, 2019
— Thulani Thuswa (@ThulaniThuswa) August 25, 2019