Cheryllyn Dudley, MP and Whip
ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley today expressed condolences at the passing of young journalist, Suna Venter.
Venter passed away yesterday morning at the age of 32.
Dudley said that “The ACDP sends heartfelt condolences to family and friends of Suna. It is so very sad that Suna has suffered so much trauma in her young life. We are grateful to her for sharing her passion and talent through her work and we are praying for all who are grieving her loss.”
Her family said in a statement that she had recently been diagnosed with a cardiac condition known as stress cardiomyopathy, or Broken Heart Syndrome, which was believed to be caused by trauma and prolonged periods of unnatural stress.
Venter was part of a group of eight SABC journalists who were fired, and later reinstated, for objecting to former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s policy of no longer airing footage of violent protests. She also suffered incidents of severe physical danger and harm over a period of time.
“The ACDP commends journalists in South Africa on their courage, bravery and idealism as they strive to strengthen democracy and pave the way for a more just and equitable society”, Dudley said.