Renowned author dies

2013-06-15 00:00

RENOWNED Durban author Aziz Hassim died yesterday following a week-long hospitalisation.

His distraught daughter Adila told The Witness yesterday that Hassim had contracted a lung infection.

“We thought that he was going to pull through because my dad is quite a fighter. Last year he got sick while in Johannesburg and that was quite serious. We thought he was not going to pull through but he did, and this time we [also] thought he was going to pull through.”

She said Hassim’s death was a great loss to her family. “My dad taught us everything … we are going to struggle,” she said, adding that her mother was keenly feeling the loss of her husband.

Anice Hassim took to Twitter to mourn his father. In a tribute, he said: “What can a son say about a father? You are never the son he wants & he’s never the dad you want and somewhere in that nowhere land, you find love and respect, Aziz Hassim.”

He thanked his father and former president Nelson Mandela, who is also in hospital, for teaching him important principles. “Two old men taught me to not be prejudiced, and not to pay lip service to principles. Thank you #dad & #mandela.”

Geeta Haribhal, Hassim’s neighbour for the past 20 years, said his death was a great loss to the community.

“He was a kind and gentle man who helped the community.”

Hassim, a retired accountant, won the 2001 Sanlam Literary Award for an unpublished novel for his debut The Lotus People. Other works included Revenge of Kali and The Agony of Valliamma, which was launched last year.

He is survived by his wife, son, three daughters and six grandchildren.

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