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OBITUARY | A chapter closes on freedom fighters who were beyond reproach

Journalist Mathatha Tsedu pays tribute to ‘true patriot’ Azwifarwi Dick Ralushayi

Mathatha Tsedu

The day after Cyril Ramaphosa was inaugurated as president of SA in June 2019, SABC journalist Desiree Chauke asked Azwifarwi Dick Ralushayi how he knew SA’s new leader. For journalists, it was a time to find the unknown gems that would give viewers/readers/listeners a glimpse into the life of Ramaphosa away from the public persona.

Ralushayi attended high school with Ramaphosa and there was even a picture of them as natty dressers standing outside a dorm they shared at Mphaphuli High in Sibasa, Limpopo. Ralushayi was introduced by Chauke as a special friend of Ramaphosa, who had been specifically invited to the inauguration at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Chauke was sure she had found her gem, even referring to him as part of The Man’s inner circle, and she pushed this line hard. At both points, Ralushayi demurred. “No, I was not the only friend invited, there were several others also invited.”..

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