Witness 175 | Honoured to have played a part

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Former assistant editor at The Witness, Lakela Kaunda.
Former assistant editor at The Witness, Lakela Kaunda.

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.

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