RIP Bra Mesh – the man they could not gag
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.