ANC Limpopo Statement on the passing of the renowned SABC journalist : Matome Maupi

ANC Limpopo Statement on the passing of the renowned SABC journalist : Matome Maupi

The ANC in Limpopo is saddened by the untimely passing of Matome Maupi, a seasoned Newscaster, who had spent a large part of his working life, defending the interests of the poor and the marginalised.

Matome Maupi possessed an impeccable talent of breaking and articulating the news, on Thobela FM’s Hlokwa la Tsela Current Affairs Show, that earned him the name ‘Hlogo ya Ditaba’.

The rarity of his aptitude and superior lexicon, saw his name being catapulted to the same level as ‘breaking news’, at Thobela FM.

He took over the baton from other great broadcasters like Maena Mathiba and Ike Kekana, and seamlessly simmered into their roles with ease.

For more than 10 years, the people of the Limpopo Province, had been accustomed to Matome Maupi’s voice, which became a symbol of holding authorities to power.

He was greatly loved by many, and his ability and news presenting skill, saw Hlokwa la Tsela becoming one of the flagship programmes at Thobela FM.

He knew the power of the media, as an instrument of demanding accountability, and he understood its value of entrenching democracy.

During the period that he had been with the Public Broadcaster, Matome Maupi was not the one to be intimidated by a position or authority that the subjects of his interviews possessed.

His objective and inquisitive demeanour made him to treat all politicians alike, from both the governing organisations and opposition formations. He stood for the truth and always sided with the truth.

His death has left a huge void in the broadcasting space. May his soul rest in peace.

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