Journey goes on for Daily Sun
Johannesburg - Publisher and founder of the Daily Sun, Deon du Plessis, has moved to a vantage point where he could watch over the heritage and legacy he left, Themba Khumalo, the tabloid's editor-in-chief said on Tuesday.
"If death thinks it has scored a victory by taking Deon du Plessis from us - well it better think again," Khumalo said, paying tribute to Du Plessis.
"We are apart, yes, but he is still very much a part of us.
"He lives in our hearts, in the dreams, in the struggles, victories and moments of joy we shared," Khumalo wrote on the front page of the Daily Sun.
He said the paper was determined more than ever to continue vigorously with the work started by Du Plessis in 2002.
"We continue our journey to sunlit uplands fired up by the memory of a man who hated mediocrity with every fibre of his being."
Du Plessis died at the age of 59 from acute bronchitis at his home in Johannesburg on Sunday.
African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader Rev Kenneth Meshoe said he would always remember Du Plessis for his extraordinary ability to guide, mentor and encourage.
"It was with deep sadness of heart that I learned about the untimely death of a great journalist and gentleman I had come to love and respect..."
He said he first met Du Plessis when he invited him to start writing a weekly column for the Sunday Sun more than a year ago.
"On behalf of my family and the African Christian Democratic Party, I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Vanessa, his daughter Daniella and his two grandchildren," he said
"I pray that the Lord will heal their broken hearts and comfort their souls at this very difficult time."