Ngizwe Mchunu is a South African radio personality and sangoma.[1] He was born in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.[2]

Ngizwe Mchunu
Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal
SpouseSiphelele Nxumalo[1]
CountrySouth Africa
Previous showPresenter on Ukhozi FM

Career edit

Mchunu was a presenter for SABC's Ukhozi FM but was fired after allegedly breaching a confidentiality policy by sharing private station information publicly.[3] After his firing, he launched his own online radio station, Ngizwe Mchunu FM, which first aired 09:00-23:00 on 14 September 2019.[4]

Polygyny controversy edit

Mchunu attempted to marry three women. Although South Africa's legal system does allow for polygamous marriages under the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, such must be done in accordance with recognised traditions, which Mchunu did not follow.[5]

His first wife, Siphelele Nxumalo, took him to court in 2014 in an attempt to nullify his civil marriage to his third would-be wife, Floda Mthimkhulu.[1] His marriages to his second partner Lindiwe Khuzwayo and his third partner Floda were consequently nullified by the court because Mchunu had not complied with one of the requirements of traditional African marriages, which stipulates that any man wishing to take another wife must first make an application to court to approve a written contract regulating the future matrimonial property system of the marriages.[5]

Incitement to commit public violence edit

Mchunu is a known supporter of former South African president Jacob Zuma. Before Zuma's arrest and imprisonment, Mchunu was seen on guard outside the former president's Nkandla homestead insisting the president would not go to jail.[6]

Following the 2021 unrest in South Africa linked to Jacob Zuma, Mchunu was accused of instigating and urging others to commit theft and violence during a press conference made in Johannesburg,[7] and was consequently charged with incitement to commit public violence.[8][9] On 19 July 2021, he handed himself over to police.[6] The magistrate that heard his bail application and released him considered the evidence against Mchunu to be weak but required him to hand over his passport to police in order to secure his release as they considered him a flight risk.[7] The case was set to resume 21 October 2021.[10][11]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Ukhozi FM DJ gets married - but his other wives didn't know: reports". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  2. ^ "The rise and fall of showman Ngizwe Mchunu, the alleged face of #FreeZuma unrest". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  3. ^ "Ukhozi FM duo's future in limbo". SowetanLIVE. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  4. ^ "Former Ukhozi FM presenter Ngizwe Mchunu launches radio station". Drum. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  5. ^ a b "Two of DJ's marriages nullified". Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  6. ^ a b Sekudu, Bonolo. "5 times Ngizwe Mchunu put on a show". Drum. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  7. ^ a b "'He left Joburg in a private jet' before arrest: Ex-DJ Ngizwe Mchunu kept in custody for now on incitement rap". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  8. ^ "Ngizwe Mchunu back in court | eNCA". Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  9. ^ "Ngizwe Mchunu popularised IsiZulu phrase 'Azikhale' under scrutiny in court". Sunday World. 2021-07-28. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  10. ^ "WATCH | Ngizwe Mchunu lifted in air by supporters after being granted bail". SowetanLIVE. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  11. ^ "Alleged SA riots instigator, Ngizwe Mchunu, granted R2,000 bail". The Citizen. 2021-07-29. Retrieved 2021-08-09.