Nat Nakasa receives heros welcome
Nakasa's remains touched down in Durban this afternoon, ending a five decade journey to bring him home.
DURBAN - Renowned anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasahas received a long overdue heros welcome at King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
Nakasas remains touched down in Durban this afternoon, ending a five decade journey to bring the stalwart home.
The quest to return the exiled writers remains to South Africa has been ongoingsince his death at the age of 28 but bureaucratic hurdles and a lack of funds have stymied attempts over the years.
Nakasa died after falling from a building in New York in an apparent suicide in 1965.
He was forced to leave the country when the nationalist government refused to allow him a passport after he was awarded the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.
Nakasa's flag-draped casket was led by a procession of Umkhonto we Sizwe veterans and police followed closely by his family.
The steady beat of the march ended in a marquee where politicians addressed his family.
Nakasa has been hailed as an unsung soldier who could finally come home.
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa led a delegation to New York to escort Nakasas exhumed body home.
He will be reburied on 13 September in the Heroes' Acre Cemetery in his home town of Chesterville, KwaZulu-Natal.