ANC conveys condolences to Dangor family

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The African National Congress (ANC) has sent its condolences to Dangor family following the passing of activist and writer Achmat Dangor. He passed away on Sunday aged 71.

In a statement, the governing party says the country has lost an important voice, but can take comfort that his light will keep shining.

Dangor was a renowned author who during the 1970s formed Black Thoughts with other writers in opposition to and as an alternative to Bantu Education system.

He was also a leading light in the developmental sector, leading in a range of non-governmental organisations, including Kagiso Trust, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Foundation, and the Independent Development Trust (IDT), as well as in the international developmental sector.

He has received the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for Kafka’s Curse, with his book Bitter Fruit shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Dangor also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the South African Literary Awards (SALA).

Tributes pour in 

Condolences pour in following the death of activist and writer Achmat Dangor. The current Nelson Mandela CEO Sello Hatang pays tribute to the activist.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation says, “The passing of Achmat Dangor has left us feeling bereft. He led the Nelson Mandela Foundation through a time of transition as Madiba stepped away from public life and mentored many of us in the process.”


His book ‘DIKELEDI: CHILD OF TEARS NO MORE’ takes the reader on a journey of a generation of women who are named Dikeledi, who together form the backbone of the story.

Below is Dangor’s interview with Morning Live in 2017: