Suna Venter’s family calls for end to intimidation of journos

Venter’s body was found at her Johannesburg apartment last Thursday.

The memorial for late senior radio journalist Suna Venter who was found dead in her Fairlands home last week. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of late SABC journalist Suna Venter has called for an end to the intimidation of journalists.

Venter’s body was found at her Johannesburg apartment last Thursday. A memorial service was held on Thursday night.

Speaking at her memorial at SABC’s headquarters in Auckland Park, the South African National Editors Forum's Mahlatse Gallens say venter's death should unite journalists.

“We know the journey will be long, hard and demands all of us to be Suna Venter. We have to find strength in her courage.”

Venter passed away after being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a cardiac condition believed to be caused by trauma and prolonged periods of unnatural stress.

Venter's father, Dr Phillip Venter, says his daughter had always been a caring person.

“She was a special, special child because she was always so enthusiastic, full of life and had so much zest. She was driven by causes and so passionate about changing things that were wrong.”

He says his wife, Christa, was her best friend.

“They shared all the secrets, they cried together and went shopping together. Suna consulted her.”

Venter says his daughter was always the light and life at a family gathering.

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