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Blue light VIPs at journo's funeral

2012-04-23 12:03

Durban - Leaders and representatives from various parties as well as members of the Zulu royal household were among those who paid their last respects to journalist Tim Ncube at Mtubatuba’s kwaMsane sports grounds on Sunday.

Ncube and Bafana Mpanza, a member of King Goodwill Zwelithini’s security team, were killed in a controversial “blue light” accident last week.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize praised Ncube for his professionalism, dedication to his job and the love for people, saying this is the reason why his death is so painful.

“Tim was a voice for the voiceless, and you’d find him in far flung areas where most wouldn’t go, covering stories of development there,” said Mkhize.

He said Ncube had the ability to remain objective and unbiased, even when covering controversial and emotionally-charged stories.

The premier noted that there had been many media reports about the accident, which made it difficult for the families to grieve their losses.

He appealed to journalists to be responsible in their coverage.

Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi called Ncube “a rare species of journalist”.

“He was non-partisan. If he had any allegiance, it was to the truth.

“His work in media made a significant contribution not only to enlightening people, but to changing their perspective. His work served reconciliation.”

The head-on collission happened in a 60-80km/h zone near the township of kwaMsane. The damage to both vehicles indicated that at least one of the vehicles was speeding.

Comments
  • Piet - 2012-04-23 12:16

    Bunch of ANC hypocrites.....

      Rob - 2012-04-23 13:01

      Hope they turned their blue lights off on the way to the funeral.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-23 12:24

    Wonder how his family feels about your "spin". Dont show up at funerals-bury the blue light so tha there are no more funerals!!!! Hypocrites!!!!!

  • Loo - 2012-04-23 12:34

    WHY must people die before the politicians take note and suddenly have "sympathy" .. HOW many similar incidents have there been causing public outcry !!!! WHY now the sudden " Oh we have to look at what happened" I can tell you what the problem is... The Blue light brigade LOVE the POWER they seem to have and to look important. WTF do we need roads cleared for "Middle management" politicians in the first place.. WERE not at war number one and secondly ,, do people need to die in order for a politician to me in time for a meeting that discusses the colour of her/his new office's curtains ???!!

      Dave - 2012-04-23 13:04

      Fundemental issue is that they just dont care, the sympathy expressed personally leave me cold

  • Dave - 2012-04-23 12:38

    Kick them out....no place for them...at all, actually anywhere

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-04-23 12:57

    Reconcile that!!

  • Piet - 2012-04-23 13:02

    what??? where is the ANC TROLLS?

  • Peter - 2012-04-23 13:04

    ..... and that is going to bring back the dead and maimed how?

  • ReportMe - 2012-04-23 13:09

    Log on to www.ReportMe.co.zo and report bad driving. Open the following link to view our facebook page www.facebook.com/reportmesa

  • Rob - 2012-04-23 14:00

    No prizes for guessing whose vehicle was doing the speeding!

  • Schmee - 2012-04-23 14:28

    "The damage to both vehicles indicated that at least one of the vehicles was speeding." Well we know which vehicles are always speeding.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-04-23 15:01

    Don't try blame the media for anything in this one Zweli, we aren't interested. Stop the Blue-light convoys and the media will stop publishing stories about how they broke the law, killed such and such person, put such and such person in hospital etc... And yes, the damage indicated that at least one of the vehicles was speeding, I'll give you one guess which one... it would be the one that was being driven by that drain-on-taxpayers-money Zwelithini's security team. Why does he even need a convoy, he's NOT a government official, and he's not bloody important.

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