RIP: Ukhozi FM presenter Bheka ‘Beekay’ Mchunu has died

Ukhozi FM Mourns the Loss of Esteemed Presenter Bheka “Beekay” Mchunu

The Ukhozi FM family, alongside listeners and fans, is grappling with the heartbreaking news of the passing of beloved presenter Bheka “Beekay” Mchunu.

On a somber Tuesday night, social media platforms became flooded with messages of condolence and reminiscence, with the confirmation of Mchunu’s demise surfacing through various channels, including a heartfelt post from his dear friend and former Ukhozi FM presenter, Linda Sibiya.

In a poignant tribute, Sibiya expressed his profound grief, extending condolences to Ukhozi FM listeners, the Mchunu family, and friends. “Losing my brother and friend is painful to me and my family. May Macingwane rest in peace. I will pay my respects should the opportunity arise,” shared Sibiya, accompanying his tribute with a poignant video capturing cherished moments with Mchunu.

Reports from Sunday World further affirmed the sad news, with a close confidant confirming Mchunu’s passing, revealing that he had breathed his last in a hospital on that fateful Tuesday night.

The source, still reeling from the shock, emphasized the sensitivity of the matter, urging discretion and respect, particularly considering cultural norms surrounding the disclosure of such news in African communities.

Mchunu’s journey had been marked by resilience in the face of health challenges. Battling an undisclosed illness for years, his struggles came to public attention in 2021 when he collapsed during a show, necessitating a hiatus from his on-air duties as he underwent medical treatment.

Despite efforts to regain his health, setbacks persisted, with another health scare reported in 2022 during a studio session.

In his own words shared with ZiMoja, Mchunu reflected on his health journey, expressing frustration with conventional medical approaches and seeking solace in traditional healing modalities. “I think it is no longer just a normal illness but I’m recovering well at my place here in Durban.

My brother is trying everything to get me the best traditional healer to deal with this directly. I have tried many doctors and they don’t see anything wrong,” he disclosed.

Beyond his radio persona, Mchunu’s impact extended into community initiatives, demonstrating a commitment to education and empowerment. Hailing from Dondotha, Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, he pursued his academic endeavors, earning a National Diploma in Language Practice from the Durban University of Technology.

His journey in broadcasting commenced at Durban Youth Radio, later transitioning to Izwi Lomzansi before finding a home at Ukhozi FM.

At Ukhozi FM, Mchunu’s resonant voice became synonymous with the maskandi show, “Sigiya Ngengoma,” and “Sibhukuda Kwesimanzonzo,” captivating audiences with his passion for music and cultural heritage.

Additionally, his advocacy for educational equity manifested in the establishment of KZN Matric Excellence, a platform aimed at empowering matriculants to pursue tertiary education by providing opportunities for academic improvement.

In the wake of his untimely passing, Ukhozi FM and its listeners are left to mourn the loss of a revered broadcaster, community leader, and friend. Bheka “Beekay” Mchunu’s legacy will endure through the lives he touched and the indelible mark he left on the airwaves and in the hearts of many.

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