SA bids Eddie Zondi farewell

Good night Eddie … see you in the morning, was the message from former Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane to South African radio legend Eddie Makhosonke Zondi.

Zondi, who died last week, was buried at Westpark Cemetry yesterday. Addressing mourners at Zondi’s funeral service at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Soweto campus, Mokonyane said Zondi, through his love ballads and voice, was able to make people understand what romance was all about.

“He is now making heaven warm … he is a DJ wherever he is.”

Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula thanked Metro FM, the station that employed Zondi, for dedicating the whole of last week to Zondi by playing the music he was renowned for. “God’s world without Eddie Zondi will never be the same again.”

Collegue and friend Robert Marawa said Zondi would always call him while he was on duty in studio. “Zondi made sure he told me that he likes me – and I am guilty of not saying to him: ‘I like you too’.”

Mourners from all walks of life who came to bid farewell to Zondi, 47, danced to tunes such as It all comes down to love by Bebe and Cece Winans.

Acting SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng said Zondi ran a good race. “I remember there was a strategy to get rid of Eddie and other senior presenters, but when I came here I said no ways.”

Motsoeneng said a trust fund will have to be set up for Zondi’s children and other presenters.

Soccer administrators and footballers, such as Pitso Mosimane, Alex Shakoane and Oupa Manyisa, also paid their last respects.