Allister Sparks: A Journalist of profound vision, says Helen Zille

2016-09-20 11:14
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Johannesburg – Allister Sparks has been described as a profound journalist and editor by Western Cape premier and former leader of the DA Helen Zille.

Zille, once a journalist herself, described her former boss in a brief text to News24 as a person who had the courage of his convictions.

"He had a rare clarity in analysing the complex political developments over 60 years in South Africa and understanding their significance in a greater context," she said.

Sparks suffered a heart attack on Monday following nearly two weeks of treatment for an infection at the Morningside Mediclinic. The announcement of his death came in the form of a statement written by one of his four sons.

He was editor of the Rand Daily Mail and authored a number of books, one of them the internationally acclaimed Tomorrow is Another Country. He also served as a board member and an editor at the SABC and as a South African correspondent for several international publications, including The Washington Post and The Economist.

Political leaders including the UDM's Bantu Holomisa and Cope's Mosiuoa Lekota have also tweeted tributes to the former journalist.

"Some have done all they could to distort our history, deny the likes of Allister Sparks the role they played against apartheid," tweeted Lekota.

Sparks' memorial is set to take place on Friday, October 14 from 11:00, at the Braamfontein Crematorium.

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