President Jacob Zuma has learnt with sadness of the sudden passing of former chairperson of the National Press Club, Mr Patrick Hlahla, at his home in Pretoria yesterday morning.
Mr Hlahla had been a seasoned reporter for the Pretoria News, where he was also reputed for mentoring and nurturing up-and-coming journalists into full blown professionals.
“We are saddened by his untimely loss. On behalf of government and the people of South Africa, we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the media fraternity. May his soul rest in peace,” said President Zuma.