Radio and TV producer Lumko “Johnson” Lekela has died at the age of 32

In a statement released by the entertainment columnist Phil MphelaThe former YoTV host reportedly died on Wednesday, September 14 “after a brief hospital stay.”


Mphela, who is friends with Lumko Johnson, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to share the sad news of the media personality’s untimely death.

The statement read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of our beloved Lumko ‘Johnson’ Lekela. They departed on September 14, 2022 after a short hospitalization.

“This is a terrible loss for the Lekela family, their loved ones, the LGBTQIA+ community and ultimately the South African broadcasting and broadcasting community.”

Lumko, who entered the media industry as a presenter on SABC 1’s YoTV, was described as someone who lived a life filled with purpose and authenticity.

“As we as a community process this shock, let’s remember their light in this world.”

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According to the statement, Lumko first entered the public sphere as a teenager on the popular SABC 1 YoTV platform. They went on to pursue careers in broadcasting, radio and the media in general.

“In their own words, Lumko was an ‘accomplished TV and radio super-producer, actor, writer and major figure in most spaces,'” the statement continued.

Lumko was also best known for his lead role as gay designer MJ in the soap opera The Magic of Mzansi Incaba, from 2012-2013. They also appeared in Check out the coastwhere they played the character Wusi, and in Mzansi love like Sandile.

Statement on the death of Lumko Johnson. Image via Twitter @PhilMphela

The family will announce details of memorial and funeral arrangements in due course.

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