WATCH | ‘Fierce, fearless’ veteran journalist Karima Brown laid to rest

  • Veteran journalist Karima Brown was laid to rest in West Park Cemetery.
  • Her burial was sombre, with household, mates and colleagues in tears as her physique was lowered to the grave. 
  • Brown died of Covid-19 issues. 

Family, mates and colleagues who gathered on the burial of veteran journalist Karima Brown at West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg on Thursday, brazenly displayed their uncooked feelings.

Brown, who hosted the programme The Fix on information channel, eNCA, died from Covid-19 issues after being in hospital for a number of days.

The journalist’s remaining farewell was attended by her colleagues from varied media publications.

Attendees couldn’t maintain again their tears as her physique was lowered down into the grave. 

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Speaking on the burial, former authorities minister, Ronnie Kasrils mentioned Brown’s household needs to be pleased with who she had grow to be. The politician mentioned whereas he was aged and docs really useful he evaded gatherings corresponding to funerals, he could not achieve this for Brown’s burial. 

“How could one stay away from someone who I knew, not as much as many of you, but who I came to admire, respect, love, what Karima Brown stood for – justice for all for the people of our country. And if I use the word revolutionary, I am not attaching that to any particular institution,” Kasrils mentioned. 

Dipping banners

Kasrils mentioned whereas he and Brown clashed at press briefings through the time he was Minister of Intelligence, they grew to grow to be keen on one another. 

Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, Na’eem Jeenah, described Brown a “revolutionary and soldier”, saying her fierceness went collectively along with her love. 

Jeenah mentioned Brown had a imaginative and prescient for the nation and world, including that she had now left with out it being realised. He mentioned the journalist could be remembered for her fierceness, love and willpower. 

“A vision of a single South African nation which we still battle to try and realise, and right until the end, it was a vision she spoke of – a vision where there would be no theft and corruption – where there would be justice. She fought for that fiercely and with love,” he mentioned. 

Jeenah added that Brown had been a campaigner towards those that had been negligent in coping with Covid-19 and disregarding protocols. 

He mentioned: 

Perhaps it’s ironic that somebody who was so cautious, so sturdy about this – that we’ve got to dip our banners for somebody who has fallen to this. But it’s a lesson to us. If nothing else that we take from Karima’s final year is that we’d like to watch out and never kill one another and ourselves with this virus as a result of you do not have to do something unsuitable, as in Karima’s case to be contaminated and to be affected.

‘We will miss her place at our desk’

Speaking after the burial, Brown’s brother, Zain Semaar mentioned that due to Covid-19 rules, the household was not mourning because it usually would. 

He mentioned memorials could be deliberate, including that Brown’s residence was additionally open for whoever needed to see the household.

Speaking to News24, Semaar mentioned he would miss his sister’s infectious love and heat. 

“We will miss her place at our table. We will miss our sister and mother because she was more than just a public figure; she was a beloved friend, comrade and sister to her family,” the brother mentioned as he struggled to maintain again tears. 

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