Press club shocked at death of former chairperson
The National Press Club has conveyed its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Patrick Hlahla (58), who died at his home in Atteridgeville on 4 August.
Former chairperson Patrick Hlahla.
"It is with great shock and disbelief that we learnt about the untimely death of our most reliable and forever smiling friend and colleague, Patrick Hlahla," said Chairperson Jos Charle.
Hlahla was a former chairperson of the National Press Club and a senior reporter at the Pretoria News, having covered the metro beat for more than ten years.
He died at his home after collapsing and telling his family he was not feeling well. By the time an ambulance arrived, it was too late.
"Hlahla was a consummate, award winning journalist. He had time for everyone in his life and he has helped mentor a number of journalists who have gone on to become stars in the profession. Throughout this time he remained humble and a gentleman.
"We wish Joyce, his wife, and children God's strength at this difficult time.
"We trust that his colleagues at the Pretoria News will soldier on, knowing that Hlahla would have wanted them to continue to uphold the highest standards of reporting and integrity in their work," Charle said.
Other reaction received include:
President Jacob Zuma has learnt with sadness of the sudden passing of former chairperson of the National Press Club, Mr Patrick Hlahla, at his home in Pretoria yesterday morning. Mr Hlahla had been a seasoned reporter for the Pretoria News, where he was also reputed for mentoring and nurturing up-and-coming journalists into full blown professionals. "We are saddened by his untimely loss. On behalf of government and the people of South Africa, we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the media fraternity. May his soul rest in peace," said President Zuma.
President Jacob Zuma
News of the passing of Patrick has come as a shock. We are devastated. Please pass on our deepest sympathies to family, friends and colleagues. Patrick was a veteran municipal reporter and news man. He served the National Press Club with passion and dedication. He was loved by his colleagues and well respected by all. His contribution to municipal reporting will never go unnoticed. He was certainly one of the best. RIP Patrick.
Former press club chairperson Yusuf Abramjee
Former press club chairperson Amanda Visser
So sad. I'm still shocked. May his Soul Rest in Peace. Sobbing!!!
What a shock!
It was indeed shocking and sad news to hear of Patrick's untimely death. As an outstanding journalist, as a member and while chairperson of the National Press Club he was always enthusiastic to meet with and speak to students and support projects of the journalism department of the Tshwane University of Techology (TUT). For all that and his friendly welcomes at the press club he will always be remembered. My condolences to his family and colleagues.
Pedro Diederichs (former Head of the Department of Journalism, TUT)