Messages of support pour in for 702's Xolani Gwala

Earlier today, the talk radio host revealved what illness he has been battling 

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:45 PM  | Xolani Gwala  | Top of The

Messages of support pour in for 702's Xolani Gwala

702 radio host, Xolani Gwala,  has been off air for several weeks shortly after being bumped up to the breakfast slot and now we know why.

During an in-studio interview with fellow presenter Stephen Grootes this morning, Gwala made the announcement that he has advanced stage colon cancer. 

“It is going to be a very long fight, partly because it was advanced, a difficult fight but a fight I am ready for,” he said.

He has already undergone an operation to remove a tumour in his colon, but revealed that there is more treatment to come, including chemotherapy and a possible surgery at a later stage depending on how everything goes. This is because the disease has spread to his liver. 

The diagnosis apparently took Gwala by surprise which explains his sudden departure from the show. 

"It was so sudden... In April I was running the London marathon and before that, I was doing a couple of marathons around here. There was absolutely nothing wrong and then suddenly you go to the doctors because you have a fever, and they do one or two tests and they say 'listen, you have cancer'. Not just cancer, advanced cancer," he said. 

He went on to add "after this, I have learned, we've got to raise awareness. There's cancer all over... and it happens to everyone... I don't smoke, I don't drink, I live well... The thing about cancer is that it can happen to anyone. But, do we have state facilities to deal with it?"

Well wishes and prayers have been streaming in from media publications and ZAlebs alike ever since the announcement: 

You can listen to the interview below:

It's honestly quite shocking that no young (millennial) local celebrities have anything to say about this matter...


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