Mthethwa to bring back Nakasa's remains

Johannesburg - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday led a delegation to the US to bring back the remains of renowned anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa, the department said.

The Supreme Court of the State of New York had granted permission for Nakasa's remains to be returned to South Africa, said spokesperson Sandile Memela.

"The South African government has been involved in the efforts to return Nakasa’s remains to home soil for the past two years."

He said the department, in partnership with the SA National Editor's Forum and Drum Magazine would run the Nat Nakasa Essay Competition from 15 August to 12 September.

The winners would be announced at his memorial service on 12 September.

"The department is proud to play the leading part in the efforts to re-bury Nat Nakasa’s remains on home soil."

Earlier reports had suggested that Nakasa would be buried at Heroes' Acre in Chesterville, KwaZulu-Natal.

Nakasa, a prolific young black voice who exposed the devastation of apartheid in his writings, was forced to leave SA on an exit visa when the apartheid government refused to grant him a passport after he was awarded a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University.

Nakasa died after falling from a building in New York in an apparent suicide in 1965. He was 28.

He was buried at the city's Ferncliff Cemetery.

Dan Butler 2014-08-12 02:47:41 PM
I just wonder why a "delegation", comprising of how many people, needs to fly to the USA to bring back the remains of this young man?
Hemlock 2014-08-12 02:57:08 PM
Just another free holiday at the tax payer expense.
Vusi Sithole811 2014-08-12 03:11:05 PM
welcome home Comrade Nakasa
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-12 04:46:05 PM
Maybe the deceased is an ancestor and he will not be too happy about being brought back to the country he left.
jerome.fakoe 2014-08-12 07:51:15 PM
Waste of money
jerome.fakoe 2014-08-12 07:53:05 PM
Bring back the remains of all expats while you're at it, total waste. Let's also start sending back the remains of foreigners while we at it. We seem to focus on things that brings absolutely no value to the country.
Steven van Staden 2014-08-12 09:00:08 PM
First of all this man must be a genius to become minister of arts and culture from being minister of police hahahaha its like being a doctor then a attorny to tell our people I give you the right to know you've got aids!!! Where is this country going to!!!
Andrew Stockton 2014-08-19 07:41:44 PM
Who ?