Zuma extends condolences to family of Allister Sparks

2016-09-20 10:29
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has extended his condolences to the family of well-known veteran journalist Allister Sparks, who died from a heart attack after spending 12 days in the Morningside Mediclinic for treatment of an infection.

"Mr Sparks was an experienced journalist, author and political commentator. He developed and trained many journalists, especially during his tenure as an editor," the Presidency said in a statement.

"He made his mark in the fight for a free South Africa and proved that the pen is mightier than the sword. We extend our deepest condolences to his family."

He was editor of the Rand Daily Mail when it broke the so-called Muldergate story in the late 1970s and authored a number of books, including the internationally acclaimed Tomorrow is Another Country.

He was born in Cathcart in the Eastern Cape in 1933 and began working as a reporter in 1951.

Sparks was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a South African correspondent for a number of international publications, including The Washington Post and The Economist.

His four sons, Michael, Simon, Andrew and Julian, spent his last days with him.

A memorial is being planned for Friday, October 14, from 11:00 at the Braamfontein Crematorium.

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