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We were woken by the sound of gunshots. We ran outside and found my husband dead

By Luzuko Pongoma | Aug 14, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE wife of slain journalist Force Khashane yesterday described how they were woken up by gunshots as the killers struck.

THE wife of slain journalist Force Khashane yesterday described how they were woken up by gunshots as the killers struck.

Palesa Khashane said she and her 15-year-old son Khashane Khashane jumped out of bed when they heard the sound of the shots.

"We ran outside and found him on the ground," she said.

"We saw two people running away. My son tried to revive him but he did not respond."

She said her husband was shot several times and died at the Lesedi Clinic in Soweto.

He was shot at his home in Orlando East, Soweto, on Wednesday night.

Khashane, pictured, was the editor of Bona magazine. He was also chairperson of Soweto TV.

Khashane, who was also a sangoma, was busy writing his biography at the time of his death.

"We do not know the motive but it shows they intended to kill him because of the number of bullets fired," Palesa said.

"They also stole his cellphone and a laptop," she said.

Khashane was shot in the upper body, with one bullet hitting him behind the ear while the other hit him on the left side of the chest.

His wife described Khashane as a caring and loving husband.

"When he was not working or busy with clients, he would help the children with their homework," she said.

Palesa said their eight-year-old daughter Maphuko was the apple of his eye.

When the Sowetan team arrived at the home their son Khashane was being taken to hospital for medical observation because he was traumatised.

Journalists and friends reacted with shock yesterday on hearing the news of the execution-style shooting of Khashane.

"It is regrettable. His untimely death is a shock," former journalist and now Unisa lecturer Philip Mthimkulu said.

Mthimkulu said Khashane was a dedicated journalist who rose through the ranks to become an editor.

"He still had a lot to contribute to the South African media," said Mthimkulu said.

Tributes continued to pour in yesterday after news of Khashane's death filtered throughout the country.

Boxing writer Phil Nyamane described Khashane as an "amiable guy who loved his job".

"He was very kind, considerate and dedicated to his job," Nyamane said.

Nyamane said Khashane was also a community builder and it was really sad he had died violently.

Soweto TV chief executive Tsepo Thafeng said Khashane was a good, honest and down-to-earth man.

"He was always there when you needed help.

"He was one of the most reliable people I knew," he said.

Sunday World editor Charles Mogale said Khashane was a humble person steeped in his beliefs.

"He had the courage of his conviction and was devoted to his family," he said.

Mogale said Khashane came out about being a sangoma and wrote about it.

Orlando police station spokesperson Captain Philemon Khorombi said that the police were investigating a case of murder.

The murderers are still at large.


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