Well-known newspaper photographer Enver Essop died at the age of 54 on Tuesday.
Essop contracted Covid-19 and his janaazah was at the Masjied Ghiedmatiel Islamia.
He began getting a fever over the weekend which persisted.
Essop worked for several publications including the Cape Argus, Cape Times and Die Burger. He was described by colleagues as a “gentle giant”.
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Independent Media’s editor-in-chief Aneez Salie said: “I am saddened by the news. It was a pleasure working with Enver, nothing was too far for him.
“It is a reminder to our colleagues to be cautious and to take this virus seriously.”
Salie was the Night News editor at the time at the Cape Times and worked closely with Essop.
Photographer Ian Landsberg said: “Very few of the Argus photographers had the ability to capture the nuances of township life, he was a passionate photographer and he captured stories that you could really feel.
“He took his time when he went out on jobs to really capture an image and tell a beautiful story.”
Essop had 13 years experience as a press shooter and was also a well-known wedding photographer.
A former colleague, who worked for five years with Essop in the photographic development department at the Cape Argus, Baartie Kafaar, described him as soft spoken.
“He had a very soft heart, he enjoyed life and he was very committed to his craft. He never rushed while working and was just there to do a good job.
“He always sent me messages, wished me for my birthday. I was very shocked when hearing about his death.”
Essop is survived by his wife Philda and his two children.