Nakasa receives hero's welcome

Durban - Anti-apartheid journalist Nathaniel Nakasa's mortal remains arrived at Durban's King Shaka International Airport on Tuesday accompanied by Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Nakasa's coffin was brought from the plane to the airport's cargo section where a guard of honour of members of Umkhonto we Sizwe military veterans association accompanied his coffin into a marquee, where tributes were paid.

Apart from his family, a host of media and ANC members were present.

Nakasa, a journalist who worked for Drum magazine, the Rand Daily Mail and Illanga newspapers among others, was forced to leave South Africa on an exit visa when the apartheid government refused to grant him a passport after he was awarded a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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.

Press Ombudsman Joe Thloloe said that he had read Nakasa's work that he had written during the time that he was at Harvard.

"It was touching stuff of a man that was longing for home. From everything that I read, his heart was here and his body was there."

Earlier this week, Mthethwa led a delegation to the US to bring back Nakasa's remains.

Tshaga Tetelo 2014-08-19 04:32:37 PM
Those who are responsible for his relocation are not happy lets read their comments
Kallie Karnallie 2014-08-19 04:34:25 PM
Using tax payers money to fly a skeleton halfway across the world. I am utterly disgusted by the wastage taking place, it's criminal.
Richard 2014-08-19 04:39:24 PM
A relocation after 50 years, why?
Azana Booi 2014-08-19 04:40:38 PM
Well deserving! Rest in Peace Sir.
Bill Hallett. 2014-08-19 04:46:26 PM
Who cares????!!!!
Kirsty Prinsloo 2014-08-19 04:47:37 PM
The guy dead. He does not care where he is anymore. This smells of a pr strategy.
Landile Mamve 2014-08-19 04:48:49 PM
Welcome back home my hero, my legend, my least you will finally rest peacefully on home soil.
Trevor Whitehead 2014-08-19 04:51:58 PM
So the man killed himself 50 years ago and comes back a hero...pathetic show
Bala Ibrahimovic Makhani 2014-08-19 04:56:51 PM
Even Israel was carried from Egypt to be buried with his fathers
Cassava Undersiege 2014-08-19 04:57:40 PM
Hearing about him for the first time.