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    Qwa Qwa – More than hundreds of mourners in Makwane Tebang attended the funeral of the passionate journalist Thabiso ‘Coach’ Gamede. The 47-year-old Gamede was the Freelance Journalist for Lesedi fm and Issue newspaper, he passed away late last year after short illness.

    Gamede was not only a reporter, he also contributed a lot in sport fraternity; Mike Mokena, Chairmen of Free State Stars Football Club described him as a legend who gets what he want, Mokoena Explain “Gamede was a special individual, kgetlo la pele ha ketla tseba ka radio ya community ke e tsibile ka monna enwa, it’s such a great loss”. Coach was well-known for stirring up passions and dividing opinion in Journalism His colleagues has expressed the gap he leaves in the media industry; Dimakatso Motsoeneng described him as somebody who care for the less privileged and gave the voice to the voiceless. Motale Sebego, SABC News Chief Editor in the Free State described Gamede as a compassionate person “tlotlo e kgolo eo re neng reka efa Gamede boqolotsing ba ditaba, rene re lokela hore rebe le setsha sa ‘Thabiso Gamede Institute for the Development and Advanced Community Journalism’ ele hore lebitso la hae le seke la lebalwa” Motale explained.

    His death shocked the media fraternity and was praised by many political leaders and government officials who descried him as tenacious journalist with a high work ethics; MAP Executive Mayor Cllr Vusimusi Tshabalala “He was all that and more. He wrote stories through the people, the last story he did was one of Khantshe Mollo of Intabazwe; without being a political reporter chasing the politicians. He was very humble and it came through in his writing. Soft-spoken and shy, the stories he excelled in were not for proletarians” said Tshabalala. This year would have been Gamede’s last year at UOFS; Qwa Qwa campus as he was about to complete his Degree in B.A (Bachelor of Arts), he leaves his parents, ten siblings, his wife and a six year old son, Samkelo; he was buried on Saturday after a funeral service which was held at his home in Makwane, Qwa Qwa.

    By: Masilo Malakwane