Newsman Henry Nxumalo rose from a messenger to a sports editor within a short space of three years. He also wrote a regular column for the Pitsburg Courier, educating US readers about the realities of the South African apartheid era.
After joining Drum in 1951, his investigative journalism led to his being known as ‘Mr. Drum’. Such was his determination to dig up the facts relating to any story he worked on that he got himself arrested to investigate prison conditions, and signed up as a labourer to expose the scandalous Bethal potato farms.
He was stabbed to death by thugs while investigating an abortion scandal in 1957.