It is with great sadness that City Press and the Lubisi family announce the untimely death of our executive editor, Dumisane Lubisi.
Lubisi died on Friday night (October 9) as a result of apparent heart failure. He was 44.
Lubisi worked at African Eye news agency, ThisDay and the Sunday Times before joining City Press in June 2007 as an investigative reporter.
During his time at City Press, Lubisi served as senior reporter, commissioning editor of opinion and analysis section Voices and also as the paper’s ombudsman.
He was a keen road runner and was often seen in the office in particularly garish and bright running shoes. Dumi will be sorely missed by his City Press friends and colleagues.
City Press editor Mondli Makhanya said that the paper had lost a pillar of strength: “I can’t even begin to describe the devastation we are feeling as the City Press family.”
He described Lubisi as “stickler for accuracy”. He struck fear into the hearts of reporters and managers alike with his unrelenting enforcement of the Press Code and media ethics. As a journalist, he could spot a news angle from afar and thus served as a pivotal voice as we put together content for the paper and our website.
“Above all, he was just a damn fine guy. He laughed, joked, talked nonsense and brought life to our newsroom. His only major flaw was his loyalty to that gold and black team from Phefeni. He even dared to wear that team’s jersey to the office,” said Makhanya.
The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) said the loss of such a young and vibrant life deeply saddens Sanef.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to his colleagues, friends, and family. We offer them our thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes during this dark time in their young lives,” said Sanef in a statement.
The president of the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP), Wandile Fana, who is a seasoned rural Xhosa journalist, publisher, social entrepreneur and activist, said Lubisi was a very strong-willed individual whose passion and love for the work he did showed with his high ethical values.
“AIP is very saddened to hear the passing of this comrade. I got know more of him during Press Council adjudications. His knowledge of the Press Code and charisma leaves the industry with big shoes to fill. Condolences to family, colleagues and friends. Wandile Fana AIP president,” said Fana.
Professor Rachel Jafta, on behalf of the Media24 board, said it was with sadness that they received the news about the passing of Lubisi.
“Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to you and Dumisane’s family. Please convey this message to them too. We wish you and the family strength during this sad time. Our thoughts are with you all.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.
Lubisi leaves behind his parents and three sons, Thando, Siya and Wandile.