Tributes stream in for greatly respected Rossouw

2013-03-12 16:51

Condolences continued to stream in following the death of journalist Mandy Rossouw yesterday.

“At only 33 years of age, Mandy was dedicated to her profession and greatly respected by all who worked with and knew her,” the National Press Club (NPC) chairperson Antoinette Slabbert said today.

“Her untimely death is certainly a loss to the industry and will leave a void in journalism.”

The NPC expressed its condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

Rossouw had been treated for gastric complications on Saturday night and told family, friends and colleagues on Sunday that she was feeling better.

The DA and the government expressed sadness today at her death.

“Her family, friends and colleagues have our deepest condolences and are in our thoughts and prayers this morning,” Democratic Alliance spokesman Mmusi Maimane said.

“During my time in politics I came to know Mandy well. She was the first journalist who ever interviewed me.”

Maimane said it was well-known in the DA that an interview with Rossouw was bound to be tough, rigorous and fair.

Mampela Ramphele’s political platform @AgangSA tweeted: “Our condolences to Mandy Rossouw’s family & friends. Her honest and insightful contributions to journalism will always be remembered.”

“Her body was found yesterday after she uncharacteristically did not answer her phone. We are devastated at the sudden and shocking loss of a beloved, kind and talented colleague.”

Rossouw was Media24’s international correspondent and City Press’ political reporter. She also worked at Eyewitness News as a political reporter, and had worked for Beeld as a political reporter.

Last year, Rossouw released the book Kings and Kingmakers before the ANC’s national elective conference in Mangaung in the Free State.

Her body would be flown to Cape Town and funeral arrangements would be relayed as soon as they became available.

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