Veteran journalist and South Africa’s former High Commissioner to Uganda, Jon Qwelane, has passed away.

Qwelane was also the founding member of the Writers’ Association of South Africa and was known for being outspoken against the apartheid government.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media.

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Former radio producer Damon Kalvari says Qwelane was an iconic columnist and talk show host.

“Jon Qwelane was an iconic columnist and talk show host, a journalist in the dark days of Apartheid.”

Acclaimed journalist and political commentator Dennis Cruywagen described Qwelane as a fearless, forthright and brilliant journalist.

“Jon was a fearless, forthright, and brilliant journalist, ranking among the best and brightest.”

News analyst Iqbal Jassat says Qwelane will be remembered for his fight against apartheid.

“Jon Qwelane would be remembered for the decades of struggle he immersed himself in during SA’s years of apartheid.”

Qwelane’s family has asked for privacy during this time of mourning.