Tributes pour in for former SABC producer Suna Venter
TRIBUTES have been pouring in from the media fraternity after the death of Suna Venter yesterday. Venter, 32, was a senior producer of RSG Current Affairs. Her body was discovered yesterday morning at her flat in Fairland, Johannesburg.
“Suna Venter was recently been diagnosed with a cardiac condition known as stress cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome, believed to be caused by trauma and prolonged periods of unnatural stress,” her family said in a statement.
Venter made headlines last year when she was suspended from the public broadcaster along with a number of colleagues who would later become known as the SABC Eight.
The group was suspended after they voiced their concerns about unlawful interference in the newsrooms and illegal editorial policies being implemented at the SABC, especially those editorial policies pertaining to the broadcast of violent protests.
They were summarily dismissed but later reinstated by the Labour Court after their dismissals were found to be wrongful.
Despite this victory, Venter was allegedly continually intimidated, victimised and received death threats.
“Over the course of the past year, she received various threatening SMS messages. Her flat was broken into on numerous occasions, the brake lines of her car were cut and her car’s tyres were slashed,” the Venter family said.
“She was shot at and abducted and tied to a tree at Melville Koppies while the grass around her was set alight. On a separate occasion, she was shot in the face with an unknown weapon and received surgery to remove the metal pellets from her face. During the past year, she was assaulted on three various occasions.”
Those closest to her believe her condition was exacerbated if not caused by the events of the past year.
‘BROKEN HEART’: Suna Venter was found dead in her flat.