Different people from all walks of life in Limpopo have conveyed their condolences to the late SABC Radio Thobela FM news reader Matome Maupi. Maupi passed away on Thursday, 13 April following a long illness.

He has reportedly been sick since February this year. The 52-year-old was the host of Hlokwa La Tsela evening show on weekdays.


“Thobela FM has fallen into the eyes. The director of the main road program, Motome Maupi has slept a deep sleep. Matome ‘News Head’ fell asleep last night. May his soul rest in peace,” the station announced on Friday.

Condolences pour in for late Thobela FM news reader, Matome Maupi
Thobela FM news reader, Matome Maupi has passed away


“One of the greatest to ever grace the radio fraternity. It was during my high school days when I heard the energetic, husky voice of this legend on Mohodi FM. Not only was he a presenter but Matome was also a musician as well. His hit Go Nkga Teki was one of the most popular songs he has ever released,” wrote former colleague and now Energy FM presenter Kwenisto Makgaga.

“Dear brother in Broadcasting, it is with deep sadness to be writing a tribute to you posthumously. I cannot believe my ears. I had to convince myself that perhaps it was fake news. Especially after receiving a message from our fellow college student, Connie, who was also in shock and disbelief. I cried. Yes, I hysterically cried…I was like “No ways! Not Matome.” My day turned dark,” wrote Lerato Maseogane.

“Sending love and comfort to his family, friends and colleagues from all of us at Mukurukuru Media. May the ancestors receive his gentle soul and offer him eternal peace among the angels,” said renowned journalist and founder of Mukurukuru Media Lucas Ledwaba.

Politician and SA member of parliament Boy Mamabolo was also among those who have paid tribute to Maupi.