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Eddie Zondi, a humble man

While hundreds have gathered to say goodbye, speakers at his funeral say Eddie Zondi was a humble man.

47-year-old South African radio legend Eddie Zondi has passed away. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds have gathered at the University of Johannesburg (UJ)'s Soweto campus, to bid farewell to South African radio legend Eddie Zondi, whom speakers have described as a humble man.

The 47-year-old Metro FM radio personality died on Monday 16 June after suffering a heart attack.

The crowd at his funeral service stood on their feet and started dancing when Zondi's friend and colleague Robert Marawa gave his tribute.

Marawa did not speak much, but rather played a range of romantic songs that reminded him of Zondi, prompting excitement from the crowd.

But as the people danced and sang along, Zondi's wife Phakamile started sobbing as family members surrounded her.

Marawa cut his Brazil World Cup trip short after hearing the news of Zondi's passing.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane say they enjoyed his show.

UJ's Imbizo Hall is filled to capacity with some people having to stand outside.

Large speakers have been taken outside for people to hear what's being said inside the venue.

Mokonyane has told the family to be comforted knowing that Zondi is playing music in heaven. She says he was able to mend people's relationships through the music he played and the advice he gave on radio.