Cape Town – The SABC's Ndebele news anchor and producer Mhlekwa Mahlangu has died following complication from respiratory problems.
Mahlangu died on Sunday and was 39.
She joined the SABC in 2002 with the introduction of Ndebele and Swazi language TV news bulletins on SABC1 and was the SABC's first female Ndebele TV news reader.
Mahlanga loved Ndebele news reading and described it as her "calling".
Before she joined the SABC, Mhlekwa Mahlangu, who started her media career at the Winterveldt community radio station in 1996 as a Ndebele news reader, worked as a freelancer for the SABC as an election reporter from 1999 to 2001.
In 2003 in an interview with City Press, Mhlekwa Mahlangu famously revealed that she's been celibate for five years by choice and that she "chose celibacy because I wanted to know exactly who I am first, before I live with someone else".
Mahlangu from Winterveldt, in Tshwane died on Sunday at the Wilgers hospital where she was admitted to recently after suffering from respiratory problems.
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