Veteran journalist, analyst and broadcaster Karima Brown has died from COVID-19 related complications on Thursday.

VETERAN journalist and broadcaster Karima Brown has died from COVID-19 related complications on Thursday. Brown was admitted to hospital in February and was receiving treatment for the virus.

eNCA anchor Dan Moyane confirmed the news on Thursday morning.

Brown’s family released a statement, saying she will be laid to rest in a private burial ceremony.

“We are enormously proud of the fierce determination she had shown, since her early years, to get involved in bringing about a more just, inclusive, and anti-racist South Africa,” the statement read.

“This determination also shaped her fearless approach to journalism. She was driven by a conviction that journalism must be in service of justice.”

Brown was a highly regarded journalist with a lengthy list of credentials including Political Editor at Business Day; Group Executive Editor at the Independent Group; she launched Forbes Women Africa magazine, and has hosted Political Exchange and Beyond Markets on CNBC Africa.

She also hosted a show on Radio 702.

eNCA MD Norman Munzhelele expressed his condolences to her family.

“For a long time, Karima has been a robust voice in South Africa’s media landscape. Her years of activism preceded this,” he said.

“She had a big personality and didn’t shy away from voicing her opinions. Karima believed in hope. She was also a loving mother, a loyal friend and a committed colleague. Her death leaves a massive void for many”.

Meanwhile, tributes continued to pour in from all facets of society for the late journalist, remembered for her fearless journalism and crusading journalism.

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said South Africa has lost of its loudest voices.  

“Karima Brown’s passing as sudden and heart-breaking. She was a brilliant journalist and now broadcaster. Sending my deepest condolences to her family, her friends and colleagues. South African media has lost one of its loudest voices. I will miss our robust engagements,” Mbalula tweeted.

One South Africa leader Mmusi Maimane tweeted: “This is sad news indeed. I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Karima Brown and to her work colleagues. May her soul Rest In Peace.”

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said: “We are saddened to hear that senior journalist & political commentator Karima Brown has passed away. It was interesting to listen to her analyses; even when we disagreed with her. Our condolences to her loved ones. May her soul rest in peace.”

The ANC said it had learnt with shock and sadness about the passing of Brown, saying that South African journalism has lost one of its most dedicated and courageous servants.

“We join millions of South Africans who say that the passing of Karima Brown is a huge loss to the media world. As the ANC, we will remember her for her selfless commitment to the liberation of the people of South Africa,” said the governing party in a statement.

“Karima Brown grew up in the ANC family and dedicated most of her life to the struggle for a just, democratic and non-racial South Africa. She was part of the activists who worked for the launch of the SA Youth Congress (SAYCO) as well as the building of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS). Her father, a veteran of the ANC, Achmat Semaar, sadly passed on last year in April at the age of 72.”

 The South African Communist Party (SACP) spokesperson Dr Alex Mashilo said Brown was a well-known advocate of media transformation who openly supported the call and campaign for the media to serve the people without fear or favour.

“In defence of media freedom, she also publicly supported journalists who faced victimisation in their respective media houses. She will also be remembered for her forthright and fearless no-holds-barred approach to interviews and analysis, which in the process attracted deeply passioned views from the broader South African analytical community,” said Mashilo in a statement.

“In memory of Karima Brown, the SACP reiterates its call for the long overdue diversity and demonopolisation of the media. Ownership of South Africa’s media, especially commercial media, remains among the most concentrated in the world. This naturally negatively affects democratic participation and diversity in terms of news coverage and analysis. The dominant sections of the commercial media largely serve capitalist, and also imperialist, ideas in almost every battle involving the working class and the capitalist class.”


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