- The veteran radio and TV personality Xolani Gwala was laid to rest today
- His funeral was held in Impendle, KwaZulu-Natal and hundreds attended
- Peggy-Sue Khumalo's last love letter to her husband was read out
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Peggy-Sue Khumalo was inconsolable as she read her last love letter to her late husband, Xolani Gwala. The veteran radio host was laid to rest in Impendle, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.
Briefly.co.za learned that Khumalo said that writing the letter was not easy, in fact, it was the hardest thing she had ever done.
“Having to pen this final love letter to you my love, is the hardest thing I've ever had to do."
“You showed me the kind of love that dreams were made of."
“I rested in your arms knowing that for the first time in my life I had found a soul mate.”
The letter was read out to the sound of Khumalo's cries of anguish.
“You were inspiring both in public and even more so in private."
“You were my rock, you were completely dedicated to our children in every way and their strength during the past few days is the best sign that I could have that you were here with us in spirit."
“Xolani my love we really did not get enough time together."
“Your cancer superseded our love, dreams and hopes.”
She had even offered to donate her organs in the vain hope that it might save her husband.
“Your cancer was aggressive and brutal but Xolani, my love, you waged the biggest fight of your life. I even offered my organs. I told the doctors please take my liver, my organs because I just wanted my husband to get well.
“If somebody told me that me you would taken from us five years ago, I would still have fallen in love with you. I am grateful for every moment...”
The funeral was beset by hundreds of mourners including government officials, media personalities, traditional leaders and his family who gathered at Gwala's hometown to wish him one final goodbye according to timeslive.co.za.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier today that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa had authorised Gwala to receive a special provincial funeral and all South African flags to fly at half-mast across the country.
Robert Marawa was the MC at the funeral and recalled how Gwala had told him how much he missed home when he travelled to Israel for experimental treatment.
His brother, Sipho Gwala, read out the eulogy. He also recalled Gwala's love for life and giving nature and that his brother had made their family proud.
Caroline Malindi, a close family friend had the following to say:
“There was not only one person fighting cancer in that family. Their years together were cut short. She [his wife] knew every tablet, every drip, every medication that went into his body. Xolani and I used to laugh that the doctors were more afraid of her than the cancer.”
Omar Essack, Primedia CEO, said: “We will never forget his humility, his need to strongly fight for those who didn't have a voice.
“That's what always drove him. When the cancer got to him, he became a fighter for those who didn't have the same privilege that he had.”
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