Attempts to turn it into something else were defeated by staff loyal to its soul

Fight to keep Sowetan what it has always been, a paper for the people

I was editor of Sowetan from 2004 to August 2008. It was as exciting as it was scary. I had just landed my dream job of editing an iconic newspaper Iā€™d grown up reading, first as the World, which brought us the first images of the June 16 Uprisings, shattering our childhood innocence.

Those images ā€“ of raw anger displayed by schoolchildren in a standoff with police armed to the teeth, and the photo of a lifeless Hector Pietersen, who at 13 years of age was my age ā€“ had a profound impact on me and my peers. We ceased being children and became young Azanians engaged in the fight for black liberation...

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