SABC 8 re­porter dies of car­diac con­di­tion

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA ZWANE @Zwane_2li2ls

SUNA Venter, one of the so-called SABC 8 jour­nal­ists fired for chal­leng­ing for­mer COO Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng’s pol­icy not to broad­cast footage of vi­o­lent protests, has died.

Venter, 32, died yes­ter­day morn­ing at her home in Fair­land, Joburg.

She was one of seven SABC jour­nal­ists re­in­stated this year fol­low­ing Par­lia­ment’s ad hoc com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­ga­tion into af­fairs at the cor­po­ra­tion.

Yes­ter­day, Venter’s fam­ily re­leased a state­ment an­nounc­ing that she had re­cently been di­ag­nosed with a car­diac con­di­tion known as stress car­diomy­opa­thy, or “bro­ken heart syn­drome”, a con­di­tion which causes “rapid and se­vere heart mus­cle weak­ness”.

DA spokesper­son Phumzile Van Damme ex­pressed her con­do­lences to the Venter fam­ily. “Venter was one of the brave SABC 8 jour­nal­ists who spoke out against the un­law­ful in­ter­fer­ences and editorial pol­icy changes at the pub­lic broad­caster,” Van Damme said.

In the state­ment, the fam­ily said her con­di­tion was ex­ac­er­bated by events of the past year.

“Over the course of the year, she re­ceived var­i­ous threat­en­ing SMS mes­sages. The brake ca­bles of her car were cut and her car tyres slashed.”

The fam­ily said that ear­lier this year, she was shot in the face with an un­known weapon and re­ceived surgery.

SAPS spokesper­son Kay Makhubele said they had opened an in­quest.

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