06 May 2019
The South African National Editors’ Forum is deeply saddened by the passing away of City Press Senior Political reporter, Ngwako Modjadji.
Modjadji passed away last night in what is believed to have been a hit and run.
He cut his teeth in journalism at the Citizen newspaper before joining the Sowetan as a political journalist.
He was currently part of the core team reporting on politics at the City Press.
Those who worked with him have praised him for his sterling work ethic, that has seen him dominate front pages of all the publications he has worked for.
“Ngwako was undoubtedly one of the country’s leading political writers. He had incredible energy and enthusiasm and his understanding of political dynamics gave him an ability to spot a story from afar. And once he got the scent of a story he chased it until he got it. South African journalism has lost one of its shining lights” Mondli Makhanya, Editor in Chief of City Press said.
“He was a gentle soul, a hard worker and very respectful of everyone. He played an important role in helping interpret the political life of South Africa,” SANEF Secretary- general Moipone Malefane who also worked with Modjadji at Sowetan said.
We send our deepest condolences to his family and colleagues in the media especially at the City Press where he was an integral part of their elections coverage.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
For more information contact:
Moipone Malefane – SANEF Secretary General, 082 772 5861
Mahlatse Mahlase – SANEF Chairperson, 083 399 2852
Katy Katopodis – SANEF Deputy Chair, 082 805 7022