Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

THE Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum of Eswa­tini says it has been shat­tered by the sud­den death of one of their own in Thu­lani Th­wala.

Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Fo­rum, Jabu Mat­se­bula said the or­gan­i­sa­tion is still shocked be­yond mea­sure by Th­wala’s demise. “This is un­be­liev­able. It is ter­ri­ble, ac­tu­ally. We knew Thu­lani was not a very healthy man but we never an­tic­i­pated this so soon. We were com­mu­ni­cat­ing with him just yes­ter­day. In fact, to­day (yes­ter­day) we had a par­tic­u­lar oc­ca­sion at the Moun­tain Inn and we were ex­pect­ing him to be there. We were shocked when we ar­rived there only to be in­formed by one of our mem­bers that he had passed on. Th­wala was a very valu­able ed­i­tor. The last time we were with him was last week at the Moun­tain Inn at an­other event. He was very jolly, crack­ing nev­erend­ing jokes as usual. Lit­tle did we know that he was bid­ding us farewell,” he said.

Mat­se­bula also sent his con­do­lences to Th­wala’s fam­ily, friends and the Swazi Ob­server fam­ily in its en­tinety. Act­ing Pres­i­dent of the Swaziland Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists (SNAJ) Mfanukhona Nkam­bule shared the same sen­ti­ments. Nkam­bule de­scribed Th­wala as a mo­ti­va­tional leader. “Th­wala used mostly what is re­ferred to as mo­ti­va­tional lead­er­ship. He would dis­ci­pline you while smil­ing and there­after laugh with you as if noth­ing had hap­pened. He was also full of hu­mour. Wher­ever he was, there was al­ways laugh­ter. He was a peo­ple’s per­son,” he said.

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