Top book man dies suddenly

2011-12-26 20:13

Johannesburg - John Kannemeyer, a leading authority in Afrikaans literature, died from a stroke on Christmas Eve, SABC radio news reports.

He had held the post of extraordinary professor of Afrikaans and Dutch at Stellenbosch University.

Kannemeyer, who was also an independent researcher and author, died aged 72.

His former colleague, Wits University Emeritus Professor Ampie Coetzee, said Kannemeyer had recently been working on a biography of Nobel Prize-winning author J M Coetzee.

"I'm not sure if it was completed," he told SABC radio news.

Kannemeyer was born in Robertson, Western Cape and studied at Stellenbosch University and also worked at Wits University, Cape Town University, the Rand Afrikaans University [now the University of Johannesburg], the Human Sciences Research Council as well as at universities in the Netherlands.

Coetzee also told SABC radio news that Kannemeyer's most important works were on the biographies of poets D J Oppermann and Uys Krige; and the writer CJ Langenhoven.

  • John - 2011-12-26 21:16

    Rest in peace John Christoffel Kannemeyer. South Africa lost a great man. My sincere condolences to Kannenmeyer family.

  • anton.raath - 2011-12-27 17:22

    John Kannemeyer's contribution to literature in South Africa can't be overstated. His presence will definitely be missed.

  • Etienne - 2011-12-27 22:17

    What in the hell is a 'book man'? He was a philologist, or you could say literary critic. You can almost imagine the conversation in the News24 editing room: A:'Him, man, him dead.' B:'Man dead? Which man dead now? *grunt, snork*' A:'Him dead man, man he had book. Him dead book man.' B:'Ah, dead man had book, *knork*, him dead book man, him TOP dead book man'. A:'Aahhhh'*gnork*

  • Ian - 2011-12-28 13:12

    RIP John. You terrorized us as kids; smile. You married the woman who made me love English literature as a teenager. All in all you were awesome, formidable and unwaivered. I am sad I lost contact; at least my mother stayed in touch with you and spoke about you. It is sad when you realize impact too late. Mark & Anton. My thoughts with you.

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