Journalist & author Phumlani Pikoli passes away at 33

Phumlani Pikoli (33), who previously worked as a multimedia journalist at Eyewitness News and authored books such as 'Born Freeloaders', was found dead at his apartment in Johannesburg.

Phumlani Pikoli passed away on Sunday, 11 April. Picture: @scoutgumbee/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Journalist, author and son of anti-apartheid struggle veterans Vusi and Girlie Pikoli, Phumlani Pikoli, passed away on Sunday, his parents announced.

Pikoli (33), who previously worked as a multimedia journalist at Eyewitness News and authored the book Born Freeloaders, was found dead at his apartment in Johannesburg. The book won the K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award in 2020. His first book, The Fatuous State of Severity was published in 2016 His creative work has been showcased and widely published in South African media.

In a statement released on Monday, it was said that his parents travelled up to Johannesburg to check on him after they couldn't reach him on his cellphone. He was the son of Girlie and former National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli.

His parents were the ones who discovered his body lying on his bed.

The cause of death is unknown at this stage, the statement said, and an investigation was under way.

The family said a memorial service would be held on Wednesday and Pikoli would be laid to rest on Friday.

Meanwhile, the media and creative fraternities have been sending their condolences to the family.

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