She was a journalist for 33 years spending most of her career at The Citizen Newspaper as a high court reporter. She was known and respected for her brilliant court reporting skills.
Amanda Watson, The Citizen news editor said: “Ilse was a hardcore journalist. When she started her third round of chemo in mid-2018, she would go for treatment in the morning, then proceed to court afterwards. And so, it continued later that year again and throughout 2019 until she was medically boarded.”
“Ilse never gave up, apart from her family, her work was her life, and she loved what she did. Ilse left big shoes for all of us to fill,” Watson said.
Her friends and many journalists she mentored described her as an “unsung hero of journalism” in this country.
Her friend and former colleague Alex Mitchely wrote: “Her work ethic was unmatched, and she had the innate ability to break down complex court cases for her readers to understand.”
De Lange's death follows those journalists who have died this year- the media industry has been hit with multiple deaths from coronavirus and other causes.
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