Alex FM DJ Joshua Mbatha Fatally Shot During a Robbery in Alexandra, Listeners Send Condolences to His Family

Alex FM DJ Joshua Mbatha Fatally Shot During a Robbery in Alexandra, Listeners Send Condolences to His Family

  • A 32-year-old Alex FM DJ has succumbed to his injuries after he was shot while walking on the road in Alexandra on Thursday night
  • Joshua Mbatha and two of his colleagues had just knocked off from work when three unknown gunmen accosted them and robbed them of their phones and shoes
  • The community radio station's listeners sent heartfelt condolences to the late DJ Jorontinah's family after the station shared that they were with his family at the clinic he passed away in

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An Alex FM DJ has been fatally shot while walking on the street with his colleagues in Alexandra, Johannesburg on Thursday night, 14 July.

Alex FM DJ Joshua Mbatha has been shot dead
Alex FM DJ Joshua Mbatha was fatally shot during a robbery in Alexandra. Image: Alex FM 89.1
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The community radio station's music manager, Joshua Mbatha, had just knocked off from work when three gunmen ambushed him and his two colleagues.

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eNCA reports that Mbatha, who was also known as DJ Jorontinah, succumbed to his injuries at Masakhane Clinic around 9pm. The three gunmen robbed them of their cellphones and shoes before shooting randomly. DJ Jorontinah, 32, was unfortunately shot in the chest.

The station also took to Facebook to issue a statement following the unfortunate incident. Chairperson of Alex FM, Isaac Mangena, shared that they were with Mbatha's father and other family members at the clinic.

The station's listeners took to the station's comment section to send their condolences to Mbatha's family and friends.

Patrick J. Banda commented:

"May his beautiful soul rest in eternal peace and may the Lord grant his loved ones peace and strength during these trying times."

Kb Asah wrote:

"Dear Lord everything is getting out of hand here, may you please intervene. May his soul Rest In Eternal Peace. This is so heart breaking."

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Yamkela Zibobo said:

"This is very sad. Rest in peace Josh. My heart breaks for his father and his close family."

Martin Mabala added:

"May his soul rest in peace, Alexandra is bad, hardly a day goes by without hearing this brutal killing. We need to petition Minister to bring Amaberete back."

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In other entertainment news, Briefly News reported that award-winning actress Busisiwe Lurayi has passed away. The renowned thespian was pronounced dead on Sunday, 10 July, according to a statement.

The Safta-winning star appeared in TV shows like SABC 1's City Ses'la, Sokhulu and Partners and most recently on How to Ruin Christmas, a Netflix original rom-com.

Busisiwe Lurayi's agency Eye Media Artists shared a family statement on social media on Monday. TshisaLIVE reports that the owner of the agency, Brian Makau, confirmed the news to the publication.

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The hashtag #BusisiweLurayi trended on Twitter after the news of Busi's death surfaced on the timeline. Her fans and industry peers took to the micro-blogging app to pay tribute and share their condolences to her family and friends.

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