'Derek Watts was more than just a journalist': SA remembers the TV icon in heartfelt tributes

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Tributes are pouring in on social media following the death of veteran journalist Derek Watts.

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said in a post on social media that the legendary journalist had"passed away peacefully" and"surrounded by loved ones". "We're all deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague and patriarch. Having been with Carte Blanche from the beginning, Derek became synonymous with the show, and we acknowledge that it's largely because of him that we have become who we are," said"Derek was a consummate professional and a dyed-in-the-wool television journalist. But, more importantly, he was a profoundly decent and kind man. We will miss him.

"He, together with journalists like Ruda Landman, opened up a window that we had previously never seen during the mid-1980s when South Africa was burning. More importantly, though, he will also be remembered for his genuine kind heart. Derek was a fabulous guy. "He loved everybody and encouraged people around him. And for me, it was an absolute pleasure to have spent 18 years with him on. I'm choosing not to be too sad, although I am, but rather to celebrate his life and to value the contribution that he made to his country. Because boy, was he proudly South African!"

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