Cape Town-based, eNCA cameraman Lungile Tom, 45, died in hospital on Wednesday morning after testing positive for Covid-19, eMedia Investments said.
“Lungile Tom was admitted to hospital on Sunday night, May 10, with Covid-19 related symptoms. He was tested and admitted to intensive care. Lungile’s test results confirmed that he had Covid-19, and he passed away in hospital this morning, Wednesday, May 13,” the statement read.
eMedia Chief Operating Officer Antonio Lee said Lungile joined eNCA in December 2013 as an ENG Camera Operator. Before this, he worked at CNBC Africa.
“Lungile was known for his larger than life personality and his dedication to his craft. His buoyant laughter will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his wife, Nandipha, and his children.” Lee said.
The company revealed that they have closed and disinfected the floor he was working in and his colleagues were advised to stay home. They will be tested and go into self-isolation.
Former colleague and broadcast journalist Malungelo Booi tweeted: “My heart goes out to Lungile Tom’s family and his colleagues. Always friendly and helpful.”
Journalist Alex Patrick tweeted: “Saddened by the loss of eNCA cameraman Lungile Tom who died this morning after he was admitted to hospital on Sunday night with Covid-19 related symptoms. His test results confirmed last night that he had the virus. Condolences to friends and family – we have lost a great one.”