CITY Press’s executive editor Dumisane Lubisi has died, the publication announced in a statement on Saturday.
Lubisi, 44, died on Friday night from apparent heart failure.
Editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya said the newsroom had lost a pillar in Lubisi.
“I can’t even begin to describe the devastation we are feeling as the City Press family,” 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, he served as a senior reporter, commissioning editor of the publication’s opinion and analysis section, Voices, as well as the paper’s ombudsman.
“He was a keen road runner and 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.
“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.”
Lubisi leaves behind his parents and three sons, Thando, Siya and Wandile.
(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)