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Xolani Gwala was a highly respected journalist who tragically lost his battle with colon cancer a week ago. Gwala was often praised for his journalistic integrity as well as his ability to host honest debates.
Briefly.co.za learned that President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged Gwala as a "youthful veteran" who was able to listen and be open to different viewpoints.
"We have lost a youthful veteran in an important sector in our country. As a professional who qualified in the mid-1990s, Xolani Gwala carried with him the values of our transition to democracy – the values of listening and being open to views that conflict with or offend your own, and a focus on solution," Ramaphosa said.
Gwala's funeral will take place at Impendle, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday. Ramaphosa has awarded Gwala a special provincial state funeral category 2. All South African flags will be flown at half-mast today in respect for Gwala according to news24.com.
Radio stations have been honouring Gwala's memory with memorial services where veteran newsmakers, politicians, friends and listeners.
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