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Modiko Mothupi remembered as a fine broadcaster 

The African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima sent condolences to the family of SABC’s Motsweding FM presenter, Modiko Mothupi, who passed away on Monday.
 
ANC Acting Provincial Secretary, Sussana Dantjie, said the province has lost one of the broadcasters who were passionate about his job and promoting Setswana language and culture. 
 
“Mothupi has been dedicated to his job as a Setswana broadcaster for decades, contributing to our society’s history and development. We send deepest condolences to the Mothupi family, friends, colleagues and
listeners. The ANC wishes the family strength as it goes through this mourning period. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Dantjie said on behalf of the ANC. 
 
Mothupi’s longtime friend and colleague, Sammy Rankoana, also paid tribute to Mothupi in a light manner that left mourners in stitches at the memorial service on Thursday. 
 
“Mothupi, like other men used to drink. The way he was so talented and entertaining people, some guys would literally come to his place by seven or eight o’clock [in the morning], to come and collect him so they can spend the entire day with him. But, in the process they used to drink. That’s one of the things that mama Brenda at the end said I’m putting my foot down, this comes to an end,” Rankoana said. 
 
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said it was “shocked and saddened” by Mothupi’s sudden passing. Acting spokesperson, Mmoni Seapolelo, said Mothupi was the longest serving multi-talented presenter.
 
“Mothupi was a presenter and a technical producer. He was also an accomplished actor having participated in several productions for Motsweding FM. He started his career in broadcasting in 1989 at Radio Mmabatho in the erstwhile Bophuthatswana Broadcasting Corporation. He had been with the station until the integration with SABC in 1998. He then joined the SABC technical department where he was trained in technical production and was assigned to News where he occasionally voiced radio scripts.
 
“He also did voiceovers for adverts and it was not surprising that he became the station’s voice. His ever popular “Tsa Etsho” programme was the station’s specialised Setswana flagship show that enhanced and celebrated Setswana traditional music. He was also nominated for the South African Traditional Music Award (SATMA) for on-air traditional music presenter,” Seapolelo said.
 
She said the Board, management and staff of SABC sent heartfelt condolences to the Mothupi family and friends during this difficult time. Seapolelo said the SABC would like to comfort the family with the thought that Mothupi played a critical role in the execution of programmes at the SABC. 
 
The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) also sent its heartfelt condolences. The party spokesperson, Kenneth Mokgatlhe said Mothupi’s talent was remarkable.
 
“We want to convey our deepest condolences to the SABC’s Motsweding FM and the entire humanity who are mourning the sudden death of our “Son of the Soil”. For every drama, there is a climax stage where it either ends with tragic or humour. In this regard, it ended with both humour and tragedy.
 
“What we will laugh about and cherish is the mammoth role that Mothupi played in the “wireless” particularly through his poetic Setswana presentation. We view him as an Africanist and it was not only music which he played in the wireless but an African music which fought its space with imperial/foreign powerful music genres,” Mokgatlhe said.