Sanef describes Karima Brown’s contribution to journalism fraternity as remarkable

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The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has hailed the late broadcaster and journalist Karima Brown as a truth seeker whose contribution to the field of journalism was remarkable.

Brown died of COVID-19 related complications on Friday morning after a lengthy stay in a Johannesburg hospital.

In a statement issued by the family – they say Brown will be laid to rest in a private burial ceremony which will be held in accordance with Islamic rites and traditions.

Sanef’s Mary Papaya says, “It’s absolutely devastating. Karima has a proud history of contribution to our industry and she gave so much, such a larger-than-life individual who questioned so much, shone the light on so much.”

“Well researched, focused on issues with such passion and tenacity. It’s quite sad for the industry as a whole. If you look at her brave battle, it was a long stay in hospital and I think that many people thought, being the fighter she was, she would definitely pull through,” adds Papaya.

Tributes to Brown

Brown’s former and current colleagues took to Twitter to express their sadness.

Politicians also took the opportunity to send their heartfelt condolence to Brown’s family, friends and colleagues.

Former Cape Times Editor and colleague, Ryland Fisher, says she will be missed.

“She was a formidable journalist, a strong woman and a much-needed voice in the journalism community. Karima was even driven by a commitment and a passion for the poorest of the poor in our country and she always wanted her journalism to assist with the upliftment of our people and helping to change our society,” says Fisher.

In the video below, Fisher speaks about the role of Brown in the media industry:

Brown anchored eNCA’s weekly show ‘The Fix’ and was also a regular political commentator on the channel.

Below are some of the messages: