Veteran journalist and media freedom activist, Raymond Louw has been described as a relentless fighter, unwavering in his principles. At the funeral service for Louw and his wife, Jean; friends, peers and family paid tribute to the couple. The 92 year-old and his wife died last week within hours of each other.

Self-taught and self-made, Louw had an instinct for news. He started out as a copy journalist and worked his way up to editor of the Rand Daily Mail, a newspaper which exposed Apartheid injustices. Veteran Journalist, Anton Harber, paid tribute to Louw.

“If we think of him; of the finest editor of the finest newspapers, that legacy would be enough. He was firm, consistent, solid as a rock. He had a spine of steel and through it all he was an impeccable gentleman.”

Scores remembered the man who served on numerous committees; local, continental and global. He penned countless opinion pieces, petitions and policy documents but never grew tired.

Louw and his wife would have celebrated seven decades of marriage.