Suna Venter was one of the SABC 8, who was fired after they objected to the SABC’s editorial policy to not broadcast violent protests.
Venter was on her way to collect take-out food close to home in January at the height of the SABC 8 campaign, when she was shot.
When I got back into the car, I put my handbag and the food in, and as I was getting into the car I just felt something slamming me from the back across the face.— Suna Venter, SABC senior producer
I slammed my door shut and drove off and stopped a while later to stop the blood flow and patch it up— Suna Venter, SABC senior producer
Subsequently, she saw a doctor and was sent for CT scan which revealed foreign objects in her cheek. They found the remnants to be air-gun bullets.
The doctor said you were not hit, you were shot.— Suna Venter, SABC senior producer
While at first, she had thought it may have been a random criminal act, Suna realised just hours before the shooting she had submitted her final submission to Parliament as part of the SABC ad hoc inquiry.
Police said the action was not that of a random mugging or hijacking.
She told redi Tlhabi how she had received an offer of private security from a loyal listener who has a security company and that she would make use it if she deems it necessary.
She added that she wanted to focus on doing her job well. And she believed the SABC is in a process of rebuilding.
Now at the age of just 32, Venter has died. And her family say the trauma and stress played a part.
Listen to Suna Venter recount the day she was shot.