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By Bonginkosi Tiwane

Digital Journalist

‘No,I am not floor-crossing’ – Athi Mtongana mum on next move after leaving Newzroom Afrika

She first built her reputation at eNCA as a young reporter.

“No, I am not floor-crossing nor am I going to be a spokesperson. Thanks,” said news broadcaster Athi Mtongana, after announcing yesterday of her departure from news channel Newzroom Afrika.

Yesterday tributes poured in for Mtongana after she posed a monochrome picture of herself, on a scene reporting. Nothing new here; but it was the caption that carried the weight.

“It would be remiss of me to leave without saying goodbye,” Mtongana wrote.

The obvious question was where was she moving to next? However, the experienced reporter chose to keep the public guessing.

“I am incredibly humbled by all the touching messages. I know the main question is “where are you going?,” said Mtongana in a short statement on social media.

“All I can say for now is watch this space! I still want to serve you, but this time around, it will be different (with an incredible team). Thank you for your support in advance.”

Mtongana – an award winning broadcast news journalist – has over a decade built a reputation as a dedicated journalist covering a variety of news beats. She worked at eNCA before joining Newzroom Afrika in 2019.

The Citizen reached out to Mtongana and Newzroom Afrika for comment but had not received a response by the time of publishing.

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The love

“May your paths be made clear. May success and fulfilment rise to meet you. Wherever you go, you will continue to glow and grow, Daughter of the Most High God. You are blessed,” wrote broadcaster Thambi Ngubeni.

“Fabulous Athi, thank you for being such a pleasure to work with and carving a special place for yourself on and off air. I’ll miss the jokes before every LIVE hit (when there wasn’t an issue with comms)” said Newzroom Afrika colleague, Thembekile Mrototo.

NUMSA Spokesperson and former journalist Phakamile Hlubi-Majola was one of the first to wish Mtongana well.

“Onwards and upwards my darling. U are brilliant never forget that. All the best with [your] future endeavors. I hope I will see/hear u soon,” wrote Hlubi-Majola

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