DUT Journalism hosts a memorial service for three of their Alumni

Allan Khan speaking on Ben Said.

In memory of three DUT journalism alumni who passed on the recent months, the DUT journalism department paid tributes by hosting a memorial service. The late Zamani Mbatha, Ben Said, and Xolani Gwala were remembered at DUT city campus as journalists who were holding the DUT flag high and representing in the media industry.

The short service was to look back at their contributions to society, the good and effective roles they played in the media industry. It was also to share the good moments they had with their former classmates when they were students of DUT which was Natal Technikon then.

Mthunzi Xaba who was speaking on his former classmate Zamani Mbatha, remembered Mbatha as a hard-worker as he was three to four part-time jobs in his second year, one of them being at a newspaper. He also mentioned how his growth in the media reflected the hard-worker he was since he moved from the media to corporate. Mthunzi encouraged all upcoming journalists to close the gap of journalists moving from the media industry to corporate.

Speaking on Ben Said, Allan Khan remembered Said as a person who enjoyed multi-tasking and was good in everything he did, “but in the newsroom that’s where he truly flourished,” Khan clarified. Khan recalled all the memories he shared with Said in the very same room. He talked about him as a good husband and father to his family and passed on his deepest condolences to the family.

Nhlakanipho Zulu remembered Xolani Gwala as a giant journalist whose life was dedicated to advancing media freedom and the course of journalism. Zulu also remembered Gwala as a credible and ethical journalist, reminiscing on the good moments they shared in college and work he talked about how Gwala used to walk around the SABC studios as if he owned the place.  “Xolani fought and spiritually won the battle against cancer,” Zulu said.

Zamani Mbatha, Ben Said, and Xolani Gwala have left a legacy and spent their lives raising the flag of DUT, they will forever be missed and remembered by their families, friends and colleagues.

Nonhlanhla Hlatshwayo

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