Famous SABC sports analyst, anchor and former Sunday Times journalist David Kekana has died after a long battle with diabetes. He was 47.
According to the SABC, he was hospitalized at Milpark several weeks ago, but failed to recover, passing on Sunday afternoon. His death was confirmed by his mother Rose Kekana.
“Yes he is dead, that is all I can say,” she said.
David Kekana was known for analyzing local soccer on various TV shows.
He had worked at the SABC for 18 years and was still in their employ during his illness.
Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa said Kekana’s death was a big loss to the sporting industry.
“Today we woke up to devastating news of the passing of veteran football analyst David Kekana. His contribution to football analysis spans close to two decades and his commitment to sports development will be sorely missed. We send our sympathies to his loved ones.”
Fellow sports presenter Lelo Mzaca said he would never forget how much Kekana had done for him.
“Learning of your passing is a big shock to me. It’s also a monumental loss for us who knew you and work side by side with you. I’ll personally be forever indebted to you, Daiza! You know just how much you’ve done for me,” said Mzaca according to Times Live.
Kekana has been trending on social media, with many remembering his witty humour and charm
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. He will be greatly missed by Mzansi soccer lovers.