On the front line: Meet News24's journalists

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Then Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane addresses journalists at the IEC results center in Tshwane. Photo: Felix Dlangamandla/Netwerk24
Then Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane addresses journalists at the IEC results center in Tshwane. Photo: Felix Dlangamandla/Netwerk24

News24's political journalists often drive the news agenda for the day with the latest political news - whether it's from the Union Buildings, Luthuli House or Parliament. The team is on the front line when it comes to holding the powerful to account and their journalism provides important information for members of the public to formulate their own opinion and participate in national matters that affect them.

Qaanitah Hunter

Qaanitah Hunter (@QaanitahHunter) is the politics editor of News24. In 2019, she became the youngest person to be awarded the Nat Nakasa Award for "brave and courageous journalism". She was named Vodacom Journalist of the Year in 2017 and 2016, both regionally and nationally. She was also the runner-up in the Taco Kuiper award for investigative journalism in 2016. Hunter holds an Honours degree in Journalism from the University of the Witwatersrand where she focused her research on the phenomenon of fake news and its impact on journalism. She is the author of Balance of Power. Ramaphosa and the future of South Africa.

Jan Gerber

Jan Gerber (@gerbjan) reports from Parliament in Cape Town. He was previously a reporter in the Western Cape legislature. He has a keen eye for detail and once caught ANC MP Lindiwe Sisulu on camera handing out chocolate to fellow MPs during a sitting of the National Assembly for a budget vote. She afterwards sent him a chocolate and a note, apologising for not cutting him in. Gerber holds a Master's in Political Management and a BPhil in Journalism, both from Stellenbosch University.

Lizeka Tandwa

Political journalist Lizeka Tandwa (@lizTandwa) describes herself as a proud Xhosa girl from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Now based in Johannesburg, if Tandwa isn't phoning up politicians and chasing leads, she is cooking, travelling and spending time with her daughter.

Jason Felix

Jason Felix (@JasonFelix) is a parliamentary journalist. He started his career in 2012 at the English daily newspaper, Cape Times, after obtaining a National Diploma in Journalism from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He also completed an International Media course at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Apart from a keen interest in local and global politics, Felix is a big football enthusiast.


You read their stories on News24 every day, now meet the people behind the stories. News24's journalists are the heart and soul of the newsroom. They spend their days in the courts and at crimes scenes, in media briefings holding the powerful accountable and on the streets telling South Africans' stories. They get the facts and they get it first, often dodging rubber bullets and tear gas to bring readers journalism they can trust. The team reports from all over the country, including Johannesburg, Tshwane, Cape Town, Durban and Nelson Mandela Bay.

Sheldon Morais

Sheldon Morais (@SheldonMorais) is News24's assistant editor for fast news and manages the daily news diary and team of journalists from Johannesburg. Previously, he was the online editor at Eyewitness News. He holds a BA in Journalism and Media, and Politics from Rhodes University, and completed a certificate in the Programme in Management Development focusing on general business management at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. Morais is a keen runner and has completed several marathons.

Jenna Etheridge

Jenna Etheridge (@JennaEtheridge) is a journalist in Cape Town. She started her career at the South African Press Association (SAPA) after obtaining a BA degree in Journalism and subsequently a Master's in Media Studies at UCT. Curiosity is her middle name. You will mostly find Etheridge in the halls of the high court in Cape Town, from where she's covered many high-profile cases. While crime and justice are a regular beat, she thrives on finding and sharing human interest and good news stories. Doing ballet keeps her sane. Her latest adventure was having a baby during a global pandemic.

Canny Mphanga

Canny Maphanga (@CannyMaphanga) is from sunny Durban. She is passionate about Africa and its endless stories. Her beats include social justice, gender, Africa and general news. She completed her BA Journalism degree at Rhodes University. While she's certainly established herself in the industry, she says her craft is constantly under construction as she continues to learn from the industry.

Jeanette Tshabalala

Jeanette Chabalala (@J_chabalala) is a product of Makotopong, a small village on the outskirts of Polokwane in Limpopo. Her keen interest in news and human relationships led her to obtaining a BA Journalism degree and an Honours degree in Industrial Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. She's a court reporter and indulges in court judgments for business and for pleasure. Binge-watching series has been one of her favourite things to do, but she can safely say it's been relegated from the top of the list since she became a mother to a beautiful baby girl.

Alex Mitchley

Alex Mitchley (@AlexMitchley) works as Tshwane correspondent for News24. He covers a variety of beats, including politics, crime, court and government. Mitchley does it all, writing stories, recording video and taking photos to make sure the Jacaranda City is well represented in the news offering of the day.

Tammy Petersen

Tammy Petersen (@TammyPetersen87) reports from the Cape Town office and has a diploma in Journalism from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She lives for human interest stories, especially those from marginalised communities and poorer neighbourhoods, where people's hardships, struggles and successes are often overlooked. In 2019, Petersen was named the Vodacom Journalist of the Year for her seven-part series on gang violence on the Cape Flats. She discovered late in life that she can bake. She enjoys eating her own creations and is a proud licker of the icing bowl.

Cebelihle Mthethwa

Cebelihle Mthethwa (@CebohNyambose) is from Durban. She is an intern court and crime news reporter in the Cape Town office. Her passion for writing keeps her sane when she doesn't have a glass of wine in front of her.

Riaan Grobler

Riaan Grobler (@BraGrobbies) studied psychology and English literature at North-West University, where he was involved in student politics and SRC activities, voted in the first democratic elections and met former president Nelson Mandela shortly after he was elected to office. He worked at the campus newspaper and radio station and, after a few years as a TEFL teacher and language practitioner, became involved with journalism again. His passion lies in environmental issues and writing explainers, the latter mostly to make sense of complicated issues for his own sake. He co-produces and presents the My Story podcast.

Kaveel Singh

Kaveel Singh (@kaveels) is News24's KwaZulu-Natal correspondent in Durban. He is originally from KwaDukuza on the North Coast of KZN and moved to Durban while completing his degree in journalism. He covers everything from hard news, to politics, features, investigations and writes the occasional column. He plays the guitar, loves nature and despises gender-based violence and the abuse of children.

Sesona Ngqakamba

Sesona Ngqakamba (@Sesona_Ngqaks) joined the newsroom in 2018 as a general news reporter, mostly focussed on education, crime and court stories. Affectionately known by his nickname, Sestien, he hails from King William's Town in the Eastern Cape and studied journalism at the Independent Institute of Education (IIE). Ngqakamba's positivity and attention to the smallest detail makes him an invaluable member of the reporting team. His motto and belief as he goes about chasing deadlines is: "Always act like you don't know, even when you know."

Ntwaagae Seleka

Ntwaagae Seleka (@ntwaagae) is a general news reporter based in Johannesburg. He is an energetic person who loves his work. He always makes sure he is the first one at every scene, especially when it's breaking news, to inform readers first.

Jenni Evans

Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) was a reporter at the South African Press Association (SAPA) for close to nine years before joining News24. Before that she wrote analysis pieces on Southern African politics and socio-economic conditions for the UN Integrated Regional Information Services. She holds an Honours in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is based in Cape Town and covers everything from court, to crime to human interest.

Paul Herman

Paul Herman (@PaulHermanCPT) is deputy news editor and manages the news diary and reporters in the coastal provinces. Herman is the classic all-rounder, having worked on the production side as a content editor for MSN, specialising in news and sport. He then became a content producer for News24 and later a parliamentary reporter before becoming deputy news editor. He was awarded Vodacom Young Journalist of the Year in the western region in 2016.

Malibongwe Dayimani

Malibongwe Dayimani (@MaliDayimani) is the provincial reporter for News24 based in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape. In 2019 he scooped three Vodacom Journalist of Year regional awards, including in the investigative journalism category for an expose of the province's ailing public hospitals. The piece earned him a mention in Parliament when ANC MP Lesiba Ezekiel Molala tabled a motion of congratulations. He hails from Makhanda (Grahamstown) and studied journalism and media studies at the Walter Sisulu University in East London. Dayimani prefers covering human interest stories and shining a light on the struggles of communities so they can be addressed by the government.

Mpho Raborife

Mpho Raborife (@MsRaborife) was born and raised in Dobsonville, Soweto. She studied journalism at Rhodes University and completed her Honours degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently the deputy news editor in charge of News24's inland coverage, based in Johannesburg. She also serves on Media24's Employment Equity Forum and uses the platform to advocate for redressing the injustices of South Africa's pre-democratic past of unfair exclusion to opportunities based on race. To switch off from the busy world of breaking news, she enjoys being active in the outdoors or staying indoors and binge-watching TV shows.

Azarrah Karim

Azarrah Karrim (@azarrahk) grew up in Johannesburg and did her undergraduate degree in journalism at Rhodes University. She graduated with Honours in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg. She covers legal matters, social justice and health stories. She likes drinking tea, getting scoops and taking names!

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