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Sanef unveils rebuilt tombstone of anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa



Sanef chairman Sbu Ngalwa stated Nakasa’s headstone was vandalised final 12 months alongside late soccer star Senzo Meyiwa’s.

  • Sanef unveiled the rebuilt tombstone of anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa.
  • The tombstone was vandalised in 2021.
  • Sanef chairperson Sbu Ngalwa stated the tombstone had not been mounted by the eThekwini municipality, although it had agreed to take action. 

The SA Nationwide Editors’ Discussion board (Sanef) unveiled the rebuilt tombstone of anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa. 

The chairperson of Sanef, Sbu Ngalwa, stated Nakasa’s headstone was vandalised final 12 months in addition to that of the late soccer star, Senzo Meyiwa.

He stated each tombstones had not been mounted by the eThekwini municipality, although it had agreed to take action. 

Ngalwa stated rebuilding Nakasa’s headstone was not simply in regards to the construction, however about giving him the house he did not have in exile in addition to preserving the historical past of South African journalism.

Sanef, with the assistance of Sanlam, was capable of protect Nakasa’s reminiscence, he stated. 

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“As Sanef, we couldn’t simply fold our arms and shrug our shoulders. Nat spent a few years in exile, eager for a house that he was not allowed to return to. In some unspecified time in the future, he referred to himself as ‘a local from nowhere’. Once we led the undertaking to have his stays introduced again to South Africa in 2014, it was additionally about restoring his dignity and shutting a tragic chapter in our darkish historical past,” Ngalwa stated on Friday.  

Nakasa’s sister, Ma-Gladys Maphumulo, stated she had tried, with out success, to have her brother’s headstone changed. 

“I’m very grateful to Sanef and Sanlam for this excellent work. I’ve knocked on many doorways to get my brother’s tombstone rebuilt, and I failed. What our individuals are doing in desecrating tombstones is stunning and unlucky. One wonders what has change into of our great nation.

“I additionally hope the eThekwini municipality will do its finest to revive the dignity of graves, equivalent to Senzo Meyiwa, who lies subsequent to my brother, Nat,” she stated.

The chief government of Sanlam, Sydney Mbhele, stated the corporate prided itself on preserving Nakasa’s reminiscence for future generations. 

Sanef known as on municipalities to take care of the maintenance of gravesites.


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