Northern Cape Arts and Culture MEC Bernice Sinxeve has hailed activist and poet Sandile Dikeni’s contribution to the fight against apartheid.

Dikeni, 53 years old, who was born in Victoria West in the Northern Cape, died on Saturday after losing the battle with tuberculosis.

Sinxeve says Dikeni’s contribution to the fight for democracy will not be forgotten.

“At the height of apartheid, Sandile kept the struggle message and spirit alive through his writings. He demonstrated a remarkable sense of commitment to the values and aspirations of society.”

“He used his writings to confront the oppressive system of apartheid. Through his work, he strengthened our advance towards freedom and democracy.”