SISHAYEKILE – EDITOR’S FORUM
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.