Committed, brilliant, beautiful
SHADI Rapitso began her career in journalism at The Sowetan before joining City Press. She later joined Drum magazine and then the SABC.
Four months ago she joined e.tv as a senior producer. In 2005 she was named the best regional print feature writer at the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards for the northern region.
In the same year she was commended at the Mondi Shanduka Awards for her entries, which were reminiscent of the late Henry Nxumalo of Drum.
Sunday Independent editor Makhudu Sefara, who was news editor at the time of Mapitso’s stint at City Press, described her as a “brilliant, beautiful writer”.
“She had an amazing way with words. She was very committed. I would ask her to attend assignments in the early mornings, and she did. She spent nights in places where other journos wouldn’t be. She was a complete writer,” he said.
City Press deputy news editor Melanie-Ann Ferris, who worked with Rapitso in 2006 and 2007, said: “The one person that you don’t expect anything bad to happen to – because she is so sweet – dies in this horrible manner.
“Shadi was easy to love, and many of her former colleagues at City Press adored her. So much so that when news of her gruesome killing was announced to staff, many burst into tears.”