Khashane laid to rest

2009-08-26 09:59

“RIPERILE.” This is what former Pace and Bona editor Force Khashane

said to his staff as he left the Bona offices in Craighall, ­Johannesburg on

­August 11.

It’s as if he knew that with this word (a Shangaan word meaning the

sun has set) he was saying his last goodbye to his colleagues.

A day later, he was killed.

Khashane (59) was shot six times on August 12 by unknown men who

had entered his Orlando East home.

Humble, understanding and ­respectful. That’s how speakers

described Khashane at his funeral service at Soweto’s Orlando East Communal Hall


Media24 Journalism Academy head Mathatha Tsedu said Khashane’s

untimely death was a big blow to journalism.

“The skills base in journalism is getting limited in newsrooms and

when you lose experienced people like Force, that’s a big blow.”

Tsedu said Khashane’s ability to deal with ­being a sophisticated

editor, sangoma and a pastor made him a unique human being.

Paging through a February 1988 copy of Pace magazine, Dr Gomolemo

Mokae said he was honoured to have worked with Khashane.

Current Bona editor Sbu Mpungose said she had learnt a lot from

Khashane. “One of the important things I learnt from Bra Force was humility and

patience. He had the patience to deal with up-and-coming journalists. We’ve

really lost a good leader, a ­colleague and a friend.”

Khashane’s son, Khashane Khashane, could not hold back the tears as

he listened to speaker after speaker reminiscing about times shared with his


Among the mourners were Caxton Magazines’ Patty Garlick, Ekurhuleni

metro police chief Robert McBride, UmAfrika newspaper editor Fraser Mtshali and

Soweto TV CEO Tshepo Thafeng.

Khashane is survived by his wife Palesa and two young children,

Maphoko and Khashane.


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