Nat Nakasa to Heroes Acre

By Drum Digital
22 June 2014

After years of struggle, literary legend, Nat Nakasa will finally be brought back to South Africa.

Minister of Art, Culture, Sports and Recreation, Nathi Mthethwa announced that the department had received permission to repatriate the remains of Nakasa and that he will be buried in Heroes Acre, KZN.

Ndazana Nathaniel (Nat) Nakasa was born on 12 May 1937 in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape.

Nakasa is best known for his work at DRUM magazine, where he became assistant editor.

He would later move to the United States of America, where studied at Harvard University. Some of the course work he did included Intellectual History, Social Structure of Modern Africa, History of the American South and Negro History.

Nakasa went to New York where he wrote articles for a number of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times.

His mind was always on returning home to Africa and he was known to brood about home.

As it became clear he would never be able to return home, he committed suicide on 14 July 1965 by jumping from a window of a high-rise building.

Attempts to bring his body home bore no fruit, and he was buried at the Ferncliff cemetery in upstate New York.

The Print Media Association, the South African Nieman Alumni, and the South African National Editors' Forum have established an annual award for courageous journalism, which is named after him.

Its first recipient was broadcast journalist, Jon Qwelane

- SA History Online

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