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SABC 8’s Suna Venter dies aged 32

Venter's family says her heart condition is believed to have been brought on by trauma and prolonged stress.

SABC 8 journalist Suna Venter.  Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG – Senior producer at the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Suna Venter has died. Her body was found in her Fairlands flat on Thursday.

A family statement says no foul play is suspected as the 32-year-old had been suffering from a heart condition.

Venter made headlines last year when she was suspended from the public broadcaster, along with several of her colleagues who would later be known as the SABC 8.

The group had voiced their concerns about interference in the SABC's newsrooms.

They were fired and later reinstated by the Labour Court.

Venter's family says her heart condition is believed to have been brought on by trauma and prolonged stress.

Venter's colleague and friend Foete Krige says he is heartbroken.

“I am constantly in touch with her family that is on their way back from the Kruger National Park, and it’s difficult to express how we feel.”