Condolence Message of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation on the passing of Achmat Dangor.

The Patron of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, President Thabo Mbeki, the Board and the staff heard with sadness the news that Achmat Dangor had passed away. We take this opportunity to convey our  deep felt condolences to his dear wife, Audrey Elster, as well as the rest of the Dangor family on the sad passing of a great anti-Apartheid activist and griot.

Comrade Dangor was an outstanding South African and patriot who dedicated his life and talent to the achievement of a better life for all South Africa.  His humble exterior masked a steely resolve to ceaselessly hold a mirror up to society. And thus he deployed his mighty pen in defence of the truth and all that is just.

It was exactly because he was such a patriot that he served as a CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, founding Executive Director of Kagiso Trust and founder member of the Congress of South African Writers.

Deservedly, he earned many accolades for his poems and novels, including the 2015 Life Time Achievement Award he received from South African Literary Awards (SALA). Prominent among his novels are Kafka’s Curse (1998), which won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize and Bitter Fruit (2001), which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award and the Booker Prize.

We hope that the legacy of the truths contained in his writings and the indelible contributions he made to our country’s liberation struggle will inspire many amongst those he leaves behind, like ourselves, and generations to come to learn the necessary lessons from his life and pick up his spear.

May his soul rest in eternal peace!

Issued by the Thabo Mbeki Foundation

06 August, 2020

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