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Published: Thursday, 2013/12/12
POPULAR Ukhozi FM DJ, Linda “Mr Magic” Sibiya surprised many listeners with his heartfelt disclosure of how he felt Mandela had saved his life.
Sibiya poured out his heart on his breakfast show, Vuka Mzansi on Tuesday morning.
The DJ from the rural area near Eshowe, northern KZN, said he almost committed suicide in 1996 when his dream of being a radio presenter seemed futile.
“I grew up in poverty and I always dreamed of improving my family’s lifestyle. After matric I went to Durban to try and pursue a career in radio. I knocked at many radio station doors but I was turned down. I ended up having to sell fruit at train stations,” said Sibiya.
He said after several rejections for radio stations, he continued polishing his presenting skills by pretending to be a radio presenter to his customers.
“I had been planning my suicide for a week when one morning I felt the need to go back to the SABC studios once again. While I was waiting for someone to help me, Mandela entered the premises. He greeted me, shook my hand and proceeded to the studio,” said Sibiya.
Mr Magic said he was inspired by Madiba’s speech on how he had overcome his life challenges.
“Madiba said patience was one of the keys to success. Those words kept ringing in my ears and I would wake up in the morning with more courage. After a few months I was called by SABC and was given a night slot. Since then, my life has changed and I have become a better person,” he said.
“I met him again 13 years later at an orphanage in Umlazi and he still remembered me.
“He called me his twin brother because I could imitate him so well. I will always be grateful to him for saving my life. My condolences to his family and the entire nation.”