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Popular DJ quits radio for politics

Radio DJ Sfiso “Hlobzin” Ntombela has hung up his mic to become a candidate councillor.

Hlobzin, who was a popular presenter on Nguma FM, is an NFP ward candidate councillor in Ulundi, KZN.

The 34-year-old said he still loved being behind the microphone but he had no choice but to listen when residents of Emashona nominated him as their candidate and the party registered him with the IEC.

He told Daily Sun he quit his radio job to avoid a conflict of interest.

“I still love being on the radio but I can’t do it now because I’m involved in politics after trying to stay out of it for a long time,” he said.

“I used the airwaves to help people and they realised I could do more if I was in the political space. I didn’t want to disappoint them.”

The DJ joined Nguma FM in 2016 and hosted the midday show called Office Connection from Monday to Friday and the maskandi show Sikhuphula uThukela every Saturday.

Hlobzin said he had learnt a lot from his older brother Siphamandla, who was in the NFP’s NEC.

“If I win, I want to start by teaching residents about protecting what we have, things like community halls. I want them to know these things belong to them and they don’t have to burn them if they have grievances,” he said.

“I want to teach them that they can use these things to their advantage to make money.

“I also want to create job opportunities and equality in the community.”

He said he saw himself becoming an MP and even a minister in a few years.

Hlobzin said although he was not on the radio anymore, he had a gig presenting a show on YouTube channel Nhlaka Production.

“I will continue presenting it because it is not a conflict of interest.

“I present Ziyakhala Kosaziwayo, where we profile celebs and businesspeople from rural areas to encourage people,” he said.

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