VETERAN journalist and former Zimbabwe Union of Journalist (Zuj) president Dumisani Sibanda was yesterday found dead at his home in Bulawayo in what police described as a case of sudden death. Sibanda, a former Chronicle Political Editor, Sunday News- News Editor, NewsDay Southern Edition Bureau Chief and Zimbabwe Mail Bulawayo Bureau Chief, was found dead at his lodgings in Emakhandeni suburb at around 8am.
At the time of his death, Sibanda was a Correspondent for the Sunday News. Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango confirmed Sibanda’s death saying investigations were underway to ascertain the exact cause of his passing.
The media industry yesterday plunged into mourning as news of Sibanda’s death spread. In a statement, Zuj’s secretary general Foster Dongozi said Sibanda’s death was blow to the media industry.
“It is with a very heavy heart and a deep sense of loss and sorrow that I have to announce the death of former Zimbabwe Union of Journalists president, Cde Dumisani Sibanda,” said Dongozi.
“A formidable trade unionist, a human and workers rights defender, Sibanda was very instrumental in inculcating a spirit of rights awareness among colleagues from his days as a student activist and during his time as a working journalist.
He was a gentle giant who was willing to assist, support and encourage young and upcoming journalists.” He said Sibanda will be remembered for his ethical reporting and jovial nature.
Sibanda, Dongozi said, did not discriminate reporters based on their levels of experience. Sunday News Editor Limukani Ncube described Sibanda as a shrewd journalist who served the media industry with due diligence saying the profession has been robbed through his death.