Alex FM DJ Jorontinah Shot Dead, Shoes, Cellphone Stolen

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Thirty-two-year-old DJ Jorontinah, the Music Manager at Alex FM, has been shot dead by armed robbers who made off with his shoes and cellphone.

“It is with great pain to inform you of the sad news of the passing on of our staff member Joshua Mbatha (DJ Jorontinah),” said Isaac Mangena, Chairperson of Alex FM.

“He was on his way home with two of his colleagues Sammy Ramodike and Matome Mookanedi, when they were stopped by about three gunmen at 7th/Selbourne.

“They took their phones and shoes before shooting Joshua in the chest.”

Sadly, DJ Jorontinah succumbed to his injuries at Masakhane Clinic around 9 pm on Thursday.

“We are with his father and other family members now at the clinic. The station manager is also with his team comforting each other,” Mangena said after the passing of the DJ.

“Let’s keep the family and Josh’s colleagues in our prayers. May his soul rest in peace. A promising career gone too soon.”

Mangena said funeral details and memorial service will be announced in due course after consultation with the family. 

Reports from Alexandra say DJ Jorontinah’s murder was ne of several fatal shootings in the township this week.

Commenting on the matter, Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Friday said he has “learned with great rage about the series of shootings in Alexandra in the past two days that left five people dead and seven injured shortly after the Soweto killings over the past weekend”.

The death toll in the mass shooting at the tavern in Orlando, Soweto, has since risen to 16.

On the Alexandra violence, the premier said it was reported that a group of four men on foot stopped people and demanded their belongings before opening fire.

“We are deeply disturbed and troubled by the increasing number of senseless killings of innocent residents,” said Makhura.

“Criminals cannot hold our people at ransom in this manner.

“My thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the deceased during this very difficult time. We call on all law enforcement agencies to be hands on deck in finding the perpetrator of these senseless killings.”

The premier called on communities to assist the police in their investigations.