RIP Bra Mesh – the man they could not gag

CityPress - - Voices - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

TGO WELL Me­shack Mot­loung he un­ex­pected pass­ing of for­mer City Press jour­nal­ist Me­shack Mot­loung has shocked those who knew him very well – in­clud­ing this writer. “Bra Mesh”, as the ever cheer­ful man was pop­u­larly known in so­cial and jour­nal­is­tic cir­cles, joined this news­pa­per in 1982 after be­ing re­cruited by the late sports ed­i­tor, Vi­vian Red­diar.

Some of us were mere cubs back then. But we soon learnt a great deal un­der Mot­loung’s men­tor­ship. His un­canny sense of hu­mour shone through in his ex­cel­lent writ­ing, es­pe­cially in his popular sports col­umn ti­tled Man they Can’t Gag, in which he brazenly and bravely took the mickey out of un­scrupu­lous sports ad­min­is­tra­tors, club own­ers and box­ing train­ers.

That earned him, the pa­per and its then ed­i­tor Percy Qoboza a great deal of re­spect from the pub­lic.

Mot­loung’s in­ci­sive writ­ing was also greatly felt and held in es­teem in the sport­ing fra­ter­nity.

But what stood out in the man’s character was the fact that although he was a brave critic on pa­per, he was – like many writ­ers – a gen­tle soul when not be­hind the desk.

What came out im­pres­sively in Bra Mesh’s character was the fact that he was also a great racon­teur who would re­gale peo­ple with wildly ex­cit­ing sto­ries.

He has run his race by mak­ing his mark as a jour­nal­ist, as well as by help­ing shape the des­tiny of this pa­per.

May his soul rest in peace.

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