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Government saddened by passing of Pearl Shongwe

10 November 2022

10 November 2022

Government is saddened and shocked by the death of TV and radio personality Pearl Shongwe and extends its deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues in the media industry.

She was a newsreader on Metro FM and presenter on SABC1’s talk show Daily Thetha at the time of her death. Shongwe was born in Soweto and started her radio career with YFM in 2010. She was known as a dynamic force in the media industry, a seasoned presenter and a passionate and career-driven person.

GCIS Director General, Phumla Williams, said: “Pearl was a news reader and presenter that captured the hearts of South Africans, which resulted in many citizens tuning into her shows. She had a distinct ability to ask the most interesting and uniquely framed questions so that the conversation with guests were comprehensive and enriching. She took the audience along with her through her interesting and focussed interviews. Her untimely passing has indeed robbed the media industry of a talented, knowledgeable and versatile anchor.”


“Whilst the country mourns her loss, let us also give her family space and the privacy to mourn her death. Her family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be sorely missed.”

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