RIP: She was found dead in her apartment – More details on death of SABC & Metro FM’s Pearl Shongwe

November 9, 2022 0 By Cypher9ja

The SABC and Metro FM news reader Pearl Shongwe has died. The SABC said Shongwe, 35, was found dead in her Waterfall apartment on Tuesday.

Shongwe was a news anchor on Metro FM’s Touch Drive, which is headlined by radio personality Tbo Touch.

She was also a sports host on the SABC’s Sports Live at weekends.

Pearl Shongwe

A message from the estate management informed residents of the media personality’s death.

“Dear Residents, we regret to inform you that one of our residents has passed away inside her unit. The family has been notified and is at The Polofields presently.

“You may notice police, ambulance and coroner vehicles in the Estate during the day. Please do not be alarmed as they are attending to the situation. Currently, there is no reason for concern,” the message read.

Police in Midrand confirmed they had found a 35-year-old woman’s body in an apartment and had since opened an inquest docket, police spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza told IOL on Tuesday night.

She said the inquest would seek to establish the cause of death.

Shongwe’s management company, Owen S Management, described the Soweto-born versatile media personality as a former Miss Soweto 2011 finalist, television presenter, newsreader, voice artist and facilitator who had always dreamed of a career in broadcasting – having started auditioning for TV commercials at the age of 12.

They also described her as a “force to be reckoned with in the media landscape” who would not be whisked by the wind in a fast paced world.

“Pearl has found herself in the anchoring chair, behind the mic and some big stages where she led ceremonies as an MC, programme director and facilitator.

“Her career kicked off in 2010 when she worked for youth radio station YFM as an entertainment reporter, alongside youth pioneer and DJ, Mo Flava, for more than two years.

“She went on to work as a floor MC at Silverstar Casino, where she learnt the art of connecting with audiences,” the management company said of Shongwe on its website.

On social media, saddened fans have paid tribute to the late media personality.

-iol

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