The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) mourns the passing of veteran journalist, Thupane Horatio (Mogaecho) Motjuwadi after a prolonged illness.
Motjuwadi, 67, died on Sunday morning at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria after a struggle with a heart condition, his ex-wife Christina Motjuwadi said.
Motjuwadi, known among his contemporaries as a lover of the “Queen’s language”, has been in and out of hospital over the past two months.
Journalist and Producer Mpikeleni Duma described him as a journalist who was “part of the Black consciousness intellectual movement” that worked at the Rand Daily Mail newspaper that became the symbol of black journalism and Black liberation alongside stalwarts such as Lindiwe Mokate, Sophie Tema, Bro Bokwe Mafuna, Joe Thloloe, Nat Diseko, Harry Mashabela, Doc Bikitsha, Harold Pongola, and Jimmy Mojapelo, among others.
His former Sowetan colleague Oupa Ngwenya said Motjuwadi who was born and raised in Madubulaville in Randfontein, on the West Rand. He gave 38 years of his life to journalism. “He started his career in 1977 at a time when state repression was at its most vile temper, he thrust himself into the field fully aware that it was not going to be smooth-sailing,” he said.
Ngwenya said he will remember Motjuwadi as an energetic practitioner who stamped his presence in the media sphere with confidence. His footprints can be found on various media houses’ newsrooms from Rand Daily Mail, Sowetan, through Sunday Times Extra, Sports Day, The Star up to the time when he served as Sowetan/Sunday World deputy editor.
The illustrious days of the Writers Association of South Africa and the Media Workers Association of South Africa cannot be remembered without proudly mentioning Motjuwadi’s name.
“And yet he discharged his journalist duties without allowing the colour of his politics to cloud the clarity of his stories,” Ngwenya said.
SANEF extends its deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues within the industry.
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