Cause of journalist’s death still not found

2019-06-05 06:01
Junior Bonase (right) with Sidwell Guduka, editor of The Mail.Photo: Supplied

Junior Bonase (right) with Sidwell Guduka, editor of The Mail.Photo: Supplied

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There is yet to be a breakthrough in the investigation into the murder of local journalist Thamsanqa Junior Bonase.

The Free State police are continuing with the investigation to determine the exact cause of death of the newspaperman.

Bonase was laid to rest on Saturday (01/06) in his hometown of Springfontein. Mourners included media and government representatives. His burial service was preceded by a memorial service held at the Floreat Hall in the Bram Fischer Building in Bloemfontein on Thursday (29/05).

The police have opened a case of culpable homicide. Col. Thandi Mbambo, police spokesperson, said all possible means have been taken to unravel the “mysterious” death of Bonase. She said samples have been taken to forensics as part of the in-depth investigation to establish the cause of his death.

“Results of the second post-mortem were also inclusive. This was undertaken after the first post-mortem results were inconclusive,” said Mbambo.

Bonase’s body was found next to the N1 near Heuningspruit outside Kroonstad on 21 May. A passerby discovered the journalist’s body with severe injuries to the face.

Preliminary investigation established that Bonase was on his way to Parys for a follow-up story the day he was found dead.

Mbambo said findings revealed the deceased boarded a taxi from Bloemfontein. She said his cell phone, laptop, wallet and bag were not taken.

Bonase established his career at Dumelang News, a Free State newspaper. He was also involved with another publication, Tharollo News, a Xhariep regional newspaper published twice a month. He won a regional Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award in 2015 in the online category.

The police are appealing to anyone who has reliable information to call Det. Sgt Lebohang Dunster on 082-466-6819 or the Crime Stop toll free number on 08600-10111.

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