UPDATE: THE PASSING ON of legendary lensman Lucky Nxumalo continues to haunt me.
I met this gentle soul when I was with now defunct City Vision at Media24, before the era of now shut Sunday Sun.
Yes, because of his mocking at times, one would want to take a jab at him but who would dare?
Always breaming with confidence he retorted “shortie don’t let people ba go palame tlhogo saan” (don’t let people take advantage of you) as we headed off to our assignment.
Full of laughter he would make you do the unthinkable such as pushing you to interview a politician or musician – unarranged nogal, that was Zwide (his clan name) for you, in his usual short-pants trademark.
He was ‘loved by Queens and adored by Kings’.
As times went by, I left media24 having freelanced for Daily Sun (his current employer at the time of his death) and Sunday Sun, respectively.
Whenever we met at work assignment he’d ask about a friend and former Sunday Sun’s news editor Norman Masungwini, ‘where is your partner in crime is or where is your twin?’
Who will now dare mock me, I wonder?
The media industry is poorer without you broer, after battling cancer.
It is said the spear has fallen- in this unfortunate regard – the lens has fallen.
RIP Zwide kaLanga, Mkhatshwa
He was buried today.
Robalang ka ntho madi a tshologe boNxumalo! Amen.
Image (The son of the photographic world Lucky Nxumalo is no more).