Beloved SABC isiXhosa newsreader Noxolo Grootboom says she is saddened that her retirement is taking place alongside the retrenchment of more than 600 employees at the public broadcaster. She speaks to News24 about how she came from a backroom in Soweto to becoming one of the country's best-known newsreaders, how she washed Chris Hani's blood away in his driveway, and why she "sympathised" with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
More than 37 years ago, a 23-year Noxolo Grootboom made her way from a backroom in the dusty streets of Dube, Soweto, to the Johannesburg city centre - reporting for her first day as a typist at the SABC.
"A telegram arrived. It said, this is to let you know that your application has been successful. On the first of December 1983, you must report for duty at SABC Commissioner Street", a now 60-year-old Grootboom says, clapping her hands in excitement.