Jeanne Goosen – ‘An important voice who marched to her own drum’

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Jeanne Goosen photographed in her house in Cape Town in September 2008.
Jeanne Goosen photographed in her house in Cape Town in September 2008.
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Afrikaans journalist, poet, and writer Jeanne Goosen has died. She was 81 years old.

According to a report by Netwerk24, Goosen died at her home in Melkbosstrand at 23:30 on Tuesday after slipping into a coma.

Goosen, born Jeanette (Jeanne) Helena in Cape Town on 13 July 1938, studied radiography at the University of Cape Town and pursued many various career paths, including journalism, before finding her voice in the literary field. She published her first volume of poetry 'n Uil vlieg weg in 1971.

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