Senior advocate Muzi Sikhakhane has told mourners at the Xolani Gwala was not afraid of death.
Sikhakhane, a friend of XG's and lawyer to former president Jacob Zuma, was speaking at a memorial service for the veteran broadcaster on Thursday.
He said that Gwala, fondly known as Mphephethwa, was more scared of leaving his loved one's behind.
EWN's Bonga Dlulane reports that the mood at the special send-off was that of both sadness and celebration.
Mphephethwa lost his battle to cancer last week Friday. He will be laid to rest in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.
Muzi Sikhakhane, who is the [former] president's lawyer and good friend of Xolani's says that Xolani was not afraid of death. They used to talk about it all the time. But what he was afraid of is who he was leaving behind.— Bonga Dlulane - EWN reporter
He was described as a brilliant South African who loved his family.— Bonga Dlulane - EWN reporter
This is the last memorial service before the funeral that is happening on Saturday.— Bonga Dlulane - EWN reporter
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