Xolani Gwala was in remission for a time, returning to radio with a mission to fight the stigma around cancer.

Xolani Gwala was in remission for a time, returning to radio with a mission to fight the stigma around cancer.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 07: Radio presenter Xolani Gwala during an interview about his cancer battle and returning to the airwaves on August 07, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Gwala, the 702 presenter announced in 2017 that he was taking a break from radio after he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Gwala is now in remission, back on radio and on a mission to fight the condition’s stigma. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Moeletsi Mabe)

In August last year, a year after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Xolani Gwala appeared on SABC’s Morning Live, where he spoke about the moment that rocked his world and his subsequent fight against the disease.

Gwala’s death was confirmed by his family on Radio 702 on Friday morning.

Fondly referred to as Bra XG, Gwala was known for his fearless, yet compassionate nature, and infectious smile.

His resilient fight against cancer has been an inspiration to many.

During one of his last TV interviews, Gwala was in positive spirits, but said: “It’s been a crazy year, but as I have said before‚ it’s going to take me a really long time to understand it. It has been hell. Perhaps that’s the easiest thing to say.”

He returned to the airwaves after his cancer went into remission.

“The lesson is to be grateful‚” said Gwala‚ adding that he was thankful for his family‚ friends and doctors, and the ability to afford treatment.