Veteran journalist Karima Brown laid to rest

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Broadcaster and journalist Karima Brown has been described as a woman with a heart of gold who grew talent within the media industry.

Brown was laid to rest Thursday afternoon at West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg. She died of COVID-19-related complications in hospital on Thursday morning.

Former colleague at SAfm, John Perlman says Brown demanded only the best and treated her team with respect.

“As a journalist, Karima had a fierce dedication to getting to the bottom of stories. She never accepted easy answers. She was never afraid of difficult debates. As a manager, Karima was an incredible person. Tough as a nail, but as a person, she had a heart of gold (cries). The message she sent was that we are not here to be liked, we are here to be respected.”

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.

The Executive Director of UN Women, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has joined prominent South Africans in expressing sadness at the passing of veteran journalist Karima Brown.

In the video below, friends, colleagues pay tributes to Karima:

Below are some tributes: