Who is Lungile Tom? Cape Town-based eNCA cameraman Lungile Tom has passed away. Lungile Tom died from the pandemic Coronavirus (Covid-19). Lungile Tom who was in his early 40’s was hospitalized on Sunday after showing symptoms of the virus.
eNCA on Wenesday morning released an official about the death of their staff who worked at their company’s Cape Town office.
We are saddened by the loss of our camera operator. Lungile was tested and admitted to intensive care. Lungile’s test results confirmed that he had Covid-19, and he passed away in hospital on Wednesday morning, they said.
According to eMedia chief operating officer Antonio Lee, Lungile joined eNCA in December 2013 as an ENG camera operator. Before that, he had 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.
“In adherence to government regulations, we have disinfected and closed the affected floor,” Lee said, and they had instituted a tracing and tracking process.
Employees who had contact with Lungile were advised to stay at home. They would be tested and go into self-isolation.
The company was making plans to honour Lungile’s memory.
Many journalists have found themselves at the coalface of reporting on the pandemic, with the media industry designated an essential service since the start of lockdown.
Tweeps reacts to Lungile Death
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
— Alex Sweet Patrick (@IamAlexSweet) May 13, 2020
Today is a sad day for us here at eNCA. This afternoon we remember Lungile Tom, an eNCA cameraman based in Cape Town, who succumbed to COVID-19 this morning. Duduzile Ramela pays tribute to Tom. Courtesy #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/Jzf9YfKG2N
— eNCA (@eNCA) May 13, 2020
Rest in peace Lungile Tom, and thanks to the Tom family for sharing this news with us.
Do we still want to know race of those affected by covid-19? pic.twitter.com/FwpOmjNqFg
— JuzGee (@gee_juz) May 13, 2020
Sad to hear of the passing of enca cameraman Lungile Tom of a COVID-19 related illness. Sincere condolences to his family & friends. We are grateful for the role he played in the b’casting sector. RIP😢
— Nadia (@nbulbulia) May 13, 2020
Sad news of the passing of top cameraman from eMedia Mr Lungile Tom from what media reports from the broadcaster say were #Covid_19 related symptoms after a short illness. The broadcasting media in particular and journalism in general has lost one of its own. Very sad news.
— #JusticeForBobo (@CadreFloyd) May 13, 2020