10 October 2010
JOHANNESBURG – City Press on Saturday announced the sudden death of its executive editor Dumisane Lubisi. The 44-year-old Lubisi died on Friday as a result of apparent heart failure.
“I can’t even begin to describe the devastation we are feeling as the City Press family,” said City Press editor Mondli Makhanya.
He described Lubisi as “stickler for accuracy” who struck fear into the hearts of reporters and managers alike with his unrelenting enforcement of the Press Code and media ethics.
“As a journalist, he could spot a news angle from afar and thus served as a pivotal voice as we put together content for the paper and our website. Above all, he was just a damn fine guy. He laughed, joked, talked nonsense and brought life to our newsroom. His only major flaw was his loyalty to that gold and black team from Phefeni. He even dared to wear that team’s jersey to the office,” said Makhanya.
Lubisi previously worked at African Eye News Agency, This Day and the Sunday Times before joining City Press in June 2007 as an investigative reporter.
During his time at City Press, Lubisi served as senior reporter, commissioning editor of opinion and analysis section Voices and also as the paper’s ombudsman.
The publication described him as “a keen road runner” who was often seen in the office in particularly garish and bright running shoes.
“Dumi will be sorely missed by his City Press friends and colleagues,” said Makhanya.
City Press said funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. Lubisi leaves behind his parents and three sons, Thando, Siya and Wandile.
African News Agency