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Statement on passing-on of Nadine Gordimer
15 July 2014
The ANC Youth League bids farewell to a brilliant South African writer of all times, Nadine Gordimer. We celebrate the life that she led. We are happy that she left us peacefully and content with the political developments in our country. She was one person whose opinions we always held in high regard. She was a humanitarian and a political activist of note who could not stand any injustice, we are happy that she passes-on having never doubted the democratic path our country is taking.
The ANC Youth League passes its heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and all people of South Africa.
Hamba kahle Gogo Nadine Gordimer, as the ANC Youth League, we will continue to hear your voice through your literary work that you left us. We remain committed to the non-racial South Africa for all that you also believed-in. Hence, we shall never allow anyone amongst us or the future generations to re-create that distant realm known as `overseas`. Your words of the Nobel Banquet Speech on 10 December 1991, are engraved in our hearts. Each time we reflect on this beautiful rainbow nation that you helped our struggle stalwarts build, we remember your words; "When I began to write as a very young person in a rigidly racist and inhibited colonial society, I felt, as many others did, that I existed marginally on the edge of the world of ideas, of imagination and beauty. These, taking shape in poetry and fiction, drama, painting and sculpture, were exclusive to that distant realm known as `overseas`."
May Her Soul Rest in Peace.
Issued by African National Congress Youth League
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