Munadia Karaan

Aziz Hartley

ONE of South Africa’s foremost radio journalists, Munadia Karaan, died on Saturday following a long battle with cancer. She was 47.

Karaan was news editor and programme manager, among other things, at Muslim community radio station Voice of the Cape (VOC).

“Munadia was efficient and sharp as a journalist and always worked on honing the skills of other journalists at the station,” VOC station manager Moegsin Khan said yesterday.

“She was dedicated to the profession and it was sad to see her go. It is a huge loss to the station.”

Khan said Karaan joined the station in 1985 and worked on its special events. In 2002 she became a full-time staff member and ran the station’s website until two weeks before she died.

Karaan took an interest in various issues in the Muslim community and could interact with people from all walks of life, he said.

“She was cut out for radio,” said Khan.

Hundreds of mourners attended Karaan’s funeral in Strand on Saturday. She was buried at the Strand cemetery.

Her father, Yusuf Karaan, a Muslim cleric, said she died at home early on Saturday.

“Munadia had an assertive personality and was a go-getter. When she set her sights on a goal she went for it all the way. It was like that even in her career as a journalist,” he said.

Karaan said his daughter was the eldest of three children. She attended Strand Muslim Primary School, did her matric at a private school and studied journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

“She was the light of the house and her passing is a sad moment for the family. Munadia was popular among radio listeners. We’ve been inundated with calls from all over the country,” Karaan said.

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