Argus photographer drowns
WEEKEND Argus news photographer Mxolisi Madela drowned yesterday during a picnic at the Berg River near Paarl.
Madela, 24, also known as “Whitey”, had worked for Independent Newspapers Cape since 2007.
Metro EMS spokeswoman Keri Davids said that there had been two confirmed drownings at the Berg River yesterday.
Details of Madela’s death are sketchy.
As a child at the Sakhumzi Youth Centre Orphanage in Mfuleni, Madela was one of 15 children mentored by the late Garth Stead at the Icon School of Photography.
As a photographer for Weekend Argus, the Cape Argus and the Cape Times, Madela covered major stories and court cases, including the trial of Thandi Maqubela, charged with the murder of her husband, Justice Patrick Maqubela.
Ian Landsberg, pictures editor for the three Independent titles, said of Madela: “He was such a talented young photographer, with a knack for getting pictures that could really tell a story.”
Independent Newspapers Cape managing editor Martine Barker said: “We are devastated to hear of Whitey’s tragic accident. He was a much loved colleague who had a very bright future ahead of him as an excellent news photographer. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones.”