Durban – Sipho Khumalo, a former political journalist at the Independent Media Group, has died. He was 59. At the time of his death, Khumalo was a spokesperson at the Department of Community Safety and Liaison.
Khumalo’s career in the media industry spanned more than four decades. He was one of the founding members of the Association of Democratic Journalists and also a member of the Congress of South African Writers.
Khumalo was also co-editor of New African and Concord News Agency. He was instrumental in establishing the-then Durban Newspaper Group, a collective of activist journalists during apartheid.
He also worked as a bureau chief of the Sowetan newspaper and later joined the Independent Media Group. Khumalo was a keen sportsman.
Lennox Mabaso, a family spokesperson, said Khumalo had left a great legacy as an excellent writer, media tutor and editor of repute.
“He endeared himself among political players and news-makers for his hard questions, precise analysis and roasting interviews. He was a charismatic and articulate journalist who enjoyed a lot of respect in media circles.
“He moulded a crop of journalists who occupy various positions in the media industry today,” said Mabaso.
Khumalo is survived by his wife, Dolly Ngubane-Khumalo, his father, December Khumalo, his children and grandchildren.