Sfiso Ncwane Dies of Kidney Failure at the Age of 37

By Staff Writer    05-Dec-2016 17:05 UTC+02:00 72

Sfiso Ncwane at the 9th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards a week ago. Ncwane died of kidney failure on Monday, 5 December 2016. Image: Instagram.

South Africans are still in shock following reports that popular gospel artist Sfiso Ncwane has died. It is reported that he died on Monday around 9:00 at Life Fourways Hospital in Johannesburg. Although details surrounding his death are still sketchy, it is said that he died of kidney failure.

Ncwane, who was one of the best gospel artists in the country, spent some time in hospital last year due to heart problems. After recovering, he reportedly bought his pastor an expensive car to thank him for his prayers, which he believed contributed to his recovery.

Ncwane was one of the most loved and successful gospel artists in South Africa. His music touched millions of people across the country. The passionate singer started singing at the tender age of 8. Although he released many hit songs during his music career, he will be remembered most by Kulungile Baba, one of his most popular songs, which was released in 2010.

Condolence messages have been pouring in on social media since the news of Ncwane’s death broke around midday. Some of his fans are still finding it hard to believe that he is really gone.

President Jacob Zuma is one of those who expressed sadness at the untimely passing of Ncwane. “The passing of Mr Ncwane is a massive loss for the country. His music touched the hearts of millions of people. He was one of the best gospel artists that the country has ever produced, and he left us at such a young age. We are deeply saddened. May his soul rest in peace,” Zuma said in a statement.

On the 27th of November Ncwane attended the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards in Durban, looking healthy and in good spirits. Little did we know that a week later he would be no more.

More details and funeral arrangements will be released in due course.


  1. Tshepiso Masemola says:

    My his soul rest in Peace; Condolence to the family!

  2. Nolwazi says:

    Hawu, mhlaba kawunoni. At first I thought it was a hoax. My heart is broken, but uma kuvume uNkulunkulu kulungile. Rest in peace Sfiso.

  3. Benedicta says:

    may his soul rest in peace

  4. Queen lekota says:

    rest in peace sfiso you wil always be remembered. ..

  5. Fezile mamba says:

    May his soul REST IN PEACE kulungile baba makuvume wena

  6. Celesta says:

    Rest in peace sifiso, may your
    soul be at peace

  7. winnie makuwa says:

    may soul R. I. P I don’t hv more too say kepha kulungile makuyithando ka jehova

  8. Nomvelo says:

    RIP Ncwane kulungile baba makuvume wena,sohlala sikukhumbule ngsosonke iskhthy lala ngoxolo Ncwane

  9. RK LOPEZ says:

    May his soul rest in peace.we will always remember you and we all love you

  10. Tokoloho says:

    May your soul R I P sfiso

  11. Lindiwe duma says:

    R.I.P usisheye ngokukhulu ukuzuma lokho bt kulungile makuyintando yakho baba ….(cryng)

  12. Nqobile mkhize says:

    Haawu ;-( akukholwakali may his soul rest in peace. Condolence to family,relatives and friends

  13. Bongani Tyhali says:

    I still find it very difficult to accept the fact that he is no more. May the Lord all mighty bless his soul, he touched millions of people through his music and even in death he remains a legend and his music will forever live. #condolences! 🙁

  14. Moori says:

    May our soul rest in peace

  15. Unathi Zibobo says:

    May his Soul Rest in Peace he was my Role Model

  16. mabele gift tebogo says:

    may his precious soul rest in peace retlo go gopola…kulungile baba

  17. Moori says:

    May a gr8 man rest in peace

  18. Sinazo says:

    Rest in peace baba kulungile

  19. Concilia moyo ncube says:

    May his soul rest in peace.kulungile baba makuyi ntandoyakho

  20. Thulile buthelezi says:

    May his soul Rest in peace ,yaz akukholakali,akumukeleki Jehovah senzeni kodwa wasishaya kangaks(crying) kulungile baba mekuyintando yakho……mawududuzeke umndeni,zihlobo,abangani kanye neSouth Africa yonke!!

  21. Emma says:

    Rest in peace Sfiso..rest in peace

  22. DR Paska says:

    I will never 4get the song umkhuleko by sfiso ngwane the man of God to the family of sfiso be hold the God of mercy is with u all the time.may your soul rest in peace sfiso.your death is unbelievable…

  23. sphamandla zungu says:

    bengingakholwa ngisayizwa lendaba but now im getting little

    Ncwane manzini zungu makhoba sengwayo geda shlophe joko gwabini

    bengikthanda malume wam God ukthathile wasihlukanisa nawe izinyembezi zyokhophoza njalo syakthanda sngo ncwane


  24. ntobeko mbona says:

    ulale ngokuthula umoya wakhe ubaba u ncwane kulungile baba mase kuvume wena asinqabe lutho…

  25. mmathabo says:

    May Your Soul Rest In Perfect Peace You Will Always Be Remembered.

  26. Sibanda K says:

    Isitsha esihle asidleli. .lala ngokuthula..

  27. prescience bendane says:

    rest in peace sfiso we will also remember your loverly voice

  28. TShepang mabetla says:

    may your soul rest in peace.. … we will always love u an Remember u…. thanx for all u did for us….thnx…

  29. Brusley Mookamedi says:


  30. Noxolo dlamini says:

    R.i.p sfiso ncwane sohlala sikukhumbula

  31. nthabiseng says:

    lala kahle bhuti….I don’t know what to say

  32. Rakumako matshidiso says:

    My your soul R.I.P Mr Sfiso Ncwane will remember you with the song says umkhuleko una mandla

  33. Lizwi Ncwane says:

    May your soul rest in peace Gwamanda

  34. nsizwazonke ngwenya says:

    May his soul rest in peace ncwane sizohlala sikukhumbula ngaso sonke isikhath.I rembember 1 of his song says kulungile baba uma kuyintando yakh

  35. Kwa says:

    Rest in peace Sifiso u touched many people with yo wonderful songs

  36. Iphiwe ndzube says:

    Lala ngoxolo tat’uncwane

  37. sne nhlanhla says:

    rest in peace gwabini , ubungubhuti wethu sonke S A and a condolences to ur family .umhlaba uyagoqa asisawujabuleli u khisimuzi uthatha amaqhawe ethu kodwa ngaba tabakhe bebancane kanj

  38. trust tivane says:

    I loved sfiso n I sing his songs every Sunday at ma church.m still in shock.may his soul rest in peace

  39. Asnath moimane says:

    Kulungile baba uma ku vume wena, Rest in peace brother

  40. Matenche says:

    rest in peace sfiso

  41. Delight m says:

    Rest in peace may de heaven welcome u #rest in peace

  42. Nkazi says:

    Life is too short siyakhala Sfiso kubuhlungu ukushiywa nguwe siyohlala sikukhumbula RIP babu Ncwane

  43. Anonymous says:

    may his soul rest in peace,always loved

  44. THANDAZO says:

    Its not easy to believe it but death is the road for all of us , may his soul rest in peace condolences to all the family members…

  45. queen mnisi says:

    Ooh no so hard to believe within a month he was at our church perfoming in good health ,Rest in peace baba God b wth the family

  46. Owen VILAKATI says:

    Rest in peace Sfiso ….your music will always keep us in touch. .to me u r not dead but u have crossover, though too soon. kulungile baba makuvume wena

  47. Mixo twala says:

    We mis u sfiso may God richly bless ur soul n rest in peace when Jesus says no body can say no

  48. zandile says:

    REst iN pEacE babU NcwanE sOhlala siku thanda I family yakhE ngxE aluhlanga lungEhlanga

  49. Nthabeleng Mercy Mphuthi says:

    Rest In Peace Daddy Ncwane,You Will Always Be Remembered.You Have Been A Great Hero In This World…

  50. Marry says:

    Rest in peace Sfiso ,…is only God who knows

  51. Chriseldah says:

    May ur soul rest in peace…i wil always remember u by ur song dat i love”kulungile”

  52. Thabani mtshali says:

    Unkulunkulu uyapha aphinde athathe so syamukela ulale ngoxolo

  53. I M Basele says:

    ,May ur soul rest in peace Sfiso Ncwane ,,kulungile baba makuvume wena,

  54. Tinashe says:

    May sour soul rest in peace my bro i wil always remember u,

  55. siphesande says:

    what a bad loos of losing the best gospel sin
    ger. we will always remember him with his best track “kulungile”

  56. Tinyiko Ndlovu says:

    This is a huge loss to the South African gospel music. Giant has fallen. He ran his race. May his soul Rest In Peace. #kulunghile baba

  57. Ndlovu Bongiswa says:

    R.I.P Sfiso Ncwane;(;(kulungile baba makuyintando yakho

  58. Sipho Samuel Masina says:

    Indeed a giant has fallen! I still dont believe that Sfiso Ncwane is no more. His untimely departure leavs a huge void in the music fraternity that no one will ever fill. May God grant the Ncwane Family strenth during this difficult period. May his soul rest in peace

  59. Ntina Sithole says:

    All Is Well If It’s God’s will
    Hamba Kahle “SENGWAYO”
    Uyibekile Induku Ebandla

  60. Lindiwe Mngomezulu says:

    R.I P Mr Ncwane Siyohlala sikukhumbula nemisebenzi yakho

  61. Mathews Gesi says:

    Baba umphile italent walisebenzisa, muphe ukuphumula okuhle. Rest in Peace the great one!

  62. SINDILE says:

    R.I.P U will be surely be missed.

  63. Tanele Ndzinisa says:

    Yooh it’s unbelievable,waze wasishiya kabuhlungu Sfiso mfowethu,2 months back u were here in Swaziland performing at the trade fair,bt now ua gone too soon, wy God is so unfair,may ur soul RIP,u will always be missed Ncwane Manzi

  64. mike sthole says:

    may may may s.fiso lapho ukhona asazi ngawe ukuthi ukutholile ukuphumula kahle na

  65. Anonymous says:

    R.I.P we will remember you

  66. Anonymous says:

    My his soul rest in peace you will always be in our hearts

  67. slindile ngongoma says:

    May his soul rest in ulale ngokuhlala ngikuthanda sfiso ncwane nangomculo wakho omnandi kungathi kuhambe my blood brother indlela ebuhlungu ngayo inhliziyo yami

  68. Keith mpande says:

    May your soul rest in peace . Still shocked .

  69. koketso says:

    RIP Sfiso Ncwane u a the blessing to millions of people,u have helped many people to get out of the kingdom of darkness…REST IN PEACE THE SERVANT OF GOD..

  70. Anonymous says:

    rest in peace babu Ncwane ukulwile ukulwa okuhle

  71. Mciniseli gule says:

    Siyohlala sikukhumbula ncwane

  72. spenza says:

    RIP kulungile Baba

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