Lukhanyo Calata Biography, Education, Books, Father, Wife, Twitter & TV Shows

Lukhanyo Calata (born in Cradock) is a South African journalist, radio presenter, and TV news correspondent. She gained much television senior upon reporter for eNews Primetime on

Lukhanyo Calata Biography

Lukhanyo Calata Biography
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He was born in Cradock in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. 


He graduated from the Department of Journalism in Peninsula Technikon in 2004. Before studying at the university, he completed a National Diploma in Journalism.

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Calata is the son of Fort Calata, one of the four (4) anti-apartheid activists from Cradock. He was assassinated by the government in 1985. 


Hr relocated to Cape Town in 2001, where he joined the P4 radio station the following year, 2002.

After rendering internship service at the station where he produced and co-hosted with Koketso Sachane at True Expressions, a current affairs talk show.

The show aired between 18h00-19h00 Mondays to Thursdays. Calata also anchored the news for the station.

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Later, he got the position of a senior news reporter for eNews Primetime.


The name of Lukhanyo Calata’s wife is Abigail Calata, a former journalist. She worked for Beeld as a parliamentary correspondent, Die Burger, and the University of Cape Town.

Later she joined the Shoprite Group as Publicity Manager: CSI & Africa. She graduated from Stellenbosch University.

TV shows

  • eNews Primetime – Season 0



In 1985 following the Cradock Four’s Fort Calata was assassinated by agents of the apartheid state, his son Lukhanyo was only three (3) years old. 

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Lukhanyo is now among the SABC Eight (8) when he defies Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s reign of censorship at the public broadcaster. 

He did by writing an open letter that declares: “my father didn’t die for this”.

Lukhanyo and his wife now investigate the mystery that surrounds his father’s death despite two (2) high-profile inquests.


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