Thabo Mbeki: SA poorer without Nadine Gordimer

2014-07-15 20:54

Nadine Gordimer will be remembered for her principled stand against apartheid beyond her contribution to literature and the arts, says Thabo Mbeki.

“Her work sought to challenge all of us critically to reflect on the things we find comfort in believing without question,” said the former president today.

“As a critic, she too willingly opened herself to criticism because she understood that her vocation as a writer was principally about social interrogation and inquiry. Our country is poorer without her.”

Mbeki also conveyed his condolences to Gordimer’s family.

Gordimer died on Sunday, aged 90. In a statement sent on behalf of the Gordimer family, law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs said she died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Johannesburg. Her son Hugo, daughter Oriane and helpers were with her.

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