Cape Town – Politicians, media industry heavyweights and colleagues have expressed shock and sorrow at the death of veteran political journalist Karima Brown from complications from Covid-19.
Brown, whose larger-than-life presence was both feared and respected and who worked in newsrooms across the country for more than two decades, died Thursday morning after being admitted to hospital last month. She was 54 years old.
Brown will be buried in accordance with Islamic rights in a small ceremony with guests only to comply with Covid-19 guidelines, his family said.
In a statement shared by his friend and fellow political commentator Eusebius McKaiser, Brown’s family said plans for a public memorial would be announced at a later date.
My dear friend Karima Brown passed away this morning from covid-19. I am devastated. Broken.
Here is the official statement on behalf of his family. pic.twitter.com/RPMbPO2UAM
– Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) March 4, 2021
Former public protection advocate Thuli Madonsela paid tribute to Brown’s commitment to getting to the heart of South Africa’s political struggles, posting on Twitter: “I’m still struggling to understand the news that Karima Brown is no more. It shocked me deeply. My sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues. Thank you for your fearless engagement in the necessary conversations. “
Former DA leader Mmusi Maimane also sent condolences to family and friends in a Twitter message.
This is really sad news.
I would like to extend my condolences to Karima Brown’s family and co-workers.
May his soul rest in peace 🕯. https://t.co/SDSls4HXkn
– Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) March 4, 2021
ANC MP Faiez Jacobs said: “It is with immense sadness that we learn of the passing of Karima Brown, a remarkable woman, activist dyed in the wool and journalist par excellence. We often do not appreciate enough the important role journalists play and the important role Karima played in society.
“South Africa and the entire Cape Town community are poorer for its loss. We will regret his strong presence in the public space, his quick wit and impeccable integrity. We might not always have agreed on every position she took or the angle of the story she pursued, but we always respected her skills and ability to spread the story. .
“We salute her and the immense contribution she made to our nascent democracy and to the advancement of the values on which our national identity is based. A rose was picked from the garden of our struggle to build a better society and will be sorely missed.
Lance Witten, Content Manager at the African News Agency, paid tribute to Brown’s spirit and commitment.
“I worked with Karima during my stay at Cape Argus. She was one of the most motivated leaders I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Sometimes it seemed like she never slept. If there was anything changing in the world of politics, she knew it, and we were expected to match her energy on it. And what an exhilarating, manic energy it was.
“Karima was tough. She was a fighter. She would never back down. But, she was also fair and understanding, with an ironic sense of wit, quick to pull out a stimulated phrase with a sideways glance behind her thick black-rimmed glasses. She had a mischievous smile that matched the fire in her eyes. If she ever felt tired of the world, I don’t think she ever showed it.
“At an international media summit, we once sat side by side in a rather heavy presentation. She patted my knee and I opened my notepad for her to scribble a note for me, thinking it must be a profound observation on the presentation taking place on the stage in front of us. She leaned down and whispered, “Someone around here smells like they’ve come straight from a night of dipping.” I could barely contain myself. Karima was funny. She was firm. She was smart. She was connected. She was plugged in. She was lively. She was lively. She was contagious. She was tenacious. The world is poorer without it.
Here are some of the posts from Twitter:
I am shocked to hear the news of Karima Brown’s passing. She fought hard for young talent in the newsroom. I am one of those to whom she gave a platform when many would not. I know she was fighting hard in the hospital but in the end the choice is never really ours, may her soul rest in peace 🙏🏾
– Ziyanda N (@ZiyandaNgcobo) March 4, 2021
Absolutely devastated to learn that we have lost Karima Brown to COVID-19. I have known her since the 1980s in Cape Town, fighting for justice, democracy and non-racism in the structures of the UDF. She never stopped this fight. Long live his fighting spirit, long live! #RIPKarimaBrown
– Madeleine Fullard (@ mfullard2) March 4, 2021
I would like to extend my condolences to Karima Brown’s family, especially her son and brother Zain. To his many friends and colleagues, the journalism fraternity, I am sorry for your loss. I wish you courage and courage in the face of this blow.
– Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) March 4, 2021
Ms. Karima Brown’s passing is sudden and heartbreaking. She was a brilliant journalist and now broadcaster. I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. The South African media have lost one of their strongest voices – I will miss our strong commitments. pic.twitter.com/kYXd7Ujz22
– Minister of Transport | Mr. Fix (@MbalulaFikile) March 4, 2021
I know a lot of people have different Karima Brown stories – but I experienced her on a different level, seeing her fighting for her producers, fighting to get them paid. His passing is a shock and I pray for his family during this time.
– Camagwini 👑 (@ginzimas) March 4, 2021
Tributes pour in for Karima Brown
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