Tributes are pouring in for Bob Mabena, Co-host of POWER 98.7 breakfast show, who died on Monday afternoon. He was 51.
The radio station said on Monday: “We are sad and in pain to announce that POWER 98.7 breakfast host Bob Mabena died of cardiac arrest on Monday afternoon, August 10, 2020.”
Mabena started his career at Radio Bop in 1989 and joined Metro FM three years later.
He also works for Highveld Stereo, and other media houses including Kaya FM.
Political parties paid tribute to Mabena, describing him as a giant of the airwaves.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) described Mabena as a giant in a broadcasting industry, who paved the way for a black voice on the radio.
EFF said: “We will never forget his role in developing broadcasting and music and hope that his soul will be in perfect and revolutionary peace.”
African National Congress (ANC) said the organisation is in deep shock to learn of the death of a famous broadcaster and musician, Bob Mabena.
“In fact, the unfortunate death of Mabena is a sad loss for the entire entertainment industry and other radio enthusiasts across the country and abroad,” said spokesperson Pule Mabe.
Mabe said radio listeners will remember Mabena the way he will handle various issues of national significance in a charming, respectful and inclusive way in his morning show, which we will miss in our homes.
“It is this ability to talk and entertain with various types of people that has made Mabena a popular public speaker and ceremonial host, and he will do these tasks,” said Mabe.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) described Mabena as a pioneer and legend of the airwaves.
“As a giant in the media industry, he left an indelible mark in the fields of music, art and broadcasting.
“For over thirty years, Mabena has entertained our nation and has become an eternal feature of our daily lives through his music and radio broadcasting.” added,” DA National spokesperson Solly Malatsi.