26 May 2018


Motsweding FM presenter Modiko Mothupi mourned  

by: Obakeng Maje    date: 08 May 2018

Condolences continue pouring in for family and friends of the late broadcaster, Christian Modiko Mothupi. His death was announced on Monday afternoon. 
The 56-year-old Mothupi was a presenter at the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Setswana radio station, Motsweding FM. 
Political parties joined listeners and other South Africans in conveying messages of condolences. 
The African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima said it was saddened by Mothupi’s passing. 

“It is with sadness that 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,” said ANC Acting Provincial Secretary, Sussana Dantjie. 

“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”. 
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) also sent condolences. 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 tragedy 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.
He added that Mothupi was a “giant” and that it would be sad for the world to peruse a new chapter without him. Mokgatlhe said the PAC would continue to celebrate what Mothupi has achieved and cherish his ideas.
“We will advocate his ideas and ideals on humanity. Above all, the radio will not be the same as the voice, smile and mind are gone to rest. Africa is under capitalism (free market), which has reached a final and dangerous stage of imperialism where we are witnessing the extinction of our own native cultures. It is brave men like Modiko Mothupi who jealously conveyed resilience to conserve what has always belonged to their people.
“Music should never be viewed as a sound which enabled us to dance, but it is more powerful and capable than that. Music is a fundamental spiritual phenomenon, it is a cultural doctrine, which helps us to understand ourselves and pride ourselves. Music represents the past, the present and the future, it embodies our way of life, hence Mothupi never underestimated that factor,” Mokgatlhe said.