The Witness turns 175 years old this year! It is quite a milestone for a newspaper that has played a key role in the life and history of the city of Pietermaritzburg and surroundings for decades.
I joined the Witness in June 1986, as a reporter on the Echo supplement. I was later transferred to The Witness and served in different roles as political reporter, deputy news editor and assistant editor.
The 1980s were a difficult but enriching period to be a journalist given the political environment in the country at the time. ANC president Oliver Tambo had made a call for the country to be made ungovernable and apartheid unworkable.