Journalist Koaho killed

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

He was going to cover the important All Africa Games in Algeria but he first wanted to say goodbye to his mother.

Veteran SABC sports journalist Maseru Koaho, pictured, died about 70km after saying his goodbye.

Koaho, 53, died in a car accident in Westonaria, West Rand, on Saturday evening.

"He went to see his sick mother before he left for the All Africa Games in Algeria," said his weeping wife, Sylvia. The popular journalist had already packed his bags and had also collected the tickets to Algeria to do the job he loved.

Koaho was supposed to leave with other SABC sport members.

His daughter Dinono said she had lost a father and a friend.

"He took me to work everyday and would call all the time to find out if I was fine," Dinono said.

Dinono said before her father left to see her mother he shared the experiences of being in a plane with her.

"He said when you are up there, it is like you are between life and death," she said.

Koaho's sister-in-law Mapule Makhobosi said he had asked her to make him lunch.

"I said I did not have lunch but I would pray for him. We all laughed."

The Gauteng sports, arts, culture and recreation MEC Barbara Creecy expressed her sadness at Koaho's untimely death.

"The country has lost a dedicated, courageous and disciplined sports reporter," Creecy said.

Koaho is survived by his wife, a daughter, mother, two sisters, a brother and two grandchildren.

Meanwhile, seven people died and 17 others were injured in an accident involving three buses and a truck on the N1 between Laingsburg and Prince Albert in Cape Town on Thursday.

In another accident a 33-year-old motorcyclist was killed when he crashed into a tree in Kempton Park.