Statement of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation on the passing of Johnny Clegg.

July 17, 2019

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) joins millions of people around the world in mourning the passing of cultural worker, activist and Esteemed Member of the Order of IKhamanga in Silver, Jonathan Paul Clegg.

Popularly known as “Johnny” Clegg, he was a committed artist who dedicated his life to and worked towards the achievement of the South Africa envisioned in the Freedom Charter and later enshrined in the Constitution of democratic South Africa.

They used the enthralling power of their music to communicate and expose the inhumanity of the Apartheid system to the world. For this, they earned much-deserved acclaim at home and further afield.

As we forge our destiny towards a truly non-racial, non-sexist, inclusive and people-centred post-apartheid future in the next quarter of a century, we are privileged to draw inspiration and lessons from Johnny Clegg among our cultural stars and torchbearers.

There can be no greater tribute to this outstanding African than to rededicate ourselves to the South Africa he dreamt of and worked for; a country which truly belongs to all who live in it.

The Patron of the TMF, President Thabo Mbeki, the board and the Foundation staff, conveys deep condolences to the Clegg family and his fellow cultural workers.

In Clegg’s own words expressed in a November 25, 2017 interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: “saying goodbye is a tough thing.”

But tough as it is, we have to say goodbye. May Jonathan Paul Clegg’s soul rest in eternal peace!

Issued by the Thabo Mbeki Foundation

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