Xolani Khumalo

Sizok’thola host Xolani Khumalo. Image via Twitter @hermainez

‘Hands off Xolani’: Mzansi rallies behind ‘Sizok’thola’ host and crew

#Sizokuthola host, Xolani Khumalo, and the crew are under investigation after the death of an alleged drug dealer.

Xolani Khumalo

Sizok’thola host Xolani Khumalo. Image via Twitter @hermainez

South Africans have expressed their support for Sizok’thola host Xolani Khumalo following the death of a suspected drug dealer the show’s crew had interrogated during the filming of the much-loved anti-drug show.

The man, identified as Robert “Kicks” Varrie, had been the subject of a drug bust in Katlehong on Wednesday, 19 July, which was attended by the Sizok’thola crew.

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In a statement by the show’s channel, Moja LOVE, Xolani and his Sizok’thola team headed to Katlehong after receiving a tip-off. They did this in conjunction with community law enforcement groups that are recognised by the local South African Police Service (SAPS).

“We understand that during the bust, which was conducted within the confines of the law, the suspected drug dealer, now the deceased, who is now known as Robert “Kicks” Varrie resisted to cooperate with the lawful instructions of the recognised members of the community policing forum, who were dressed in their uniforms and had their credentials.

“Following persistence by the members of the community policing forum, the deceased agreed to hand over the illegal drugs that he had been hiding at the premises,” read the statement.

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Moja LOVE confirmed that the Sizok’thola crew was within the vicinity of the premises when the alleged drug dealer was being questioned. The channel said it is, however, still investigating the circumstances that led to the deceased having to be allegedly rushed to hospital.

“We will wait for the official autopsy results for cause of death,” said the channel.

In addition, it said that the show works with law enforcement agencies and hands over case numbers and suspects in each episode to the authorities for further investigations and legal processes.

“The channel will cooperate with any investigations that may be initiated and it sends its condolences to the deceased’s family. The channel is also offering the crew and any other interested individuals counselling assistance following news of the deceased.”

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Sizok’thola host Xolani Khumalo. Image via Twitter @TheTruthPanther


“#Sizokuthola we are not only standing with Xolani, we are willing to be arrested with him. Enough with corrupt government that protects criminals,” @patricia_bantom said.

“I stand with Xolani Khumalo and #Sizokuthola! The State has failed to combat drug and human trafficking, illegal migration and crime in general. Xolani is doing the work of 3 Ministers. We stand by him and thank him for his bravery, and for his service to our nation #Xolani,” wrote Liezl van der Merwe, an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) member of parliament.

“Hands off Xolani… he is the nation hero.If something happen to him, this country will be upside down,” @orielmamidza commented.

“#Sizokuthola hands off xolani he is doing so much that police officers in uniform are failing to do,” @MamiWater6 wrote.