Details of the memorial and funeral service for City Press journalist Poloko Tau

Poloko had a heart that truly felt and it showed in his journalism. Photo: Lucky Nxumalo


The memorial service for writer Poloko Tau of City Press will take place on Thursday, January 27 at the Rose Garden of the Johannesburg Country Club at 1 p.m.

A week before he could celebrate his 42nd birthday, Tau died at his home in Mmabatho, Mahikeng on January 21.

Tau’s passing was confirmed by his younger brother, Onkemetse Tau, who said the family was devastated by his brother’s passing.

His untimely death sent shock waves throughout the local fraternity of journalists.

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“It’s a tough time for the family as we are still trying to come to terms with what just happened,” Onkemetse said.

City Press editor Mondli Makhanya was also devastated.

“Poloko was a journalist journalist. You could just sense from his posture and mannerisms that this man lived and breathed his craft. He had this unique thing that we in our tribe immediately recognize when someone is real. He had an eye for detail and incredible tenacity when chasing a story. The corrupt and incompetent he exposed would attest to that.

“But one quality that stood out for us at City Press was his empathy. Poloko had a heart that really felt and it came through in his journalism. Makhanya said:

We will terribly miss this gentle soul who laughed easily and regaled us with many tales.

Due to Covid-19 protocols, only 100 industry peers, family and friends will be welcomed at the memorial service.

To reserve your place, please call City Press Office Manager Nomthandazo Nhlapo on 011 713 9618 or 083 312 0599 and names will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Only those who have confirmed their attendance will be admitted to the service.

Onkemetse has confirmed that Tau will be buried on Saturday January 29, the day he was due to celebrate his birthday. The funeral service will begin at their home at 6:30 a.m. in Makgobistad (River Side) at house number 10432. His final resting place will be at a local cemetery in Boo-Majanaga.

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