Nat Nakasa to return home today

Sanef says it's pleased that Nat Nakasa’s remains will finally be returned to South Africa today.

Former writer & journalist Nat Nakasa’s remains will finally be returned to South Africa today. Picture: Dirco.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) says it's pleased Nat Nakasa's remains will finally be returned to his country of birth today.

The forum, together with the Nieman Society of Southern Africa have been working on repatriating the former writer and journalist's remains since the late 90s.

Nakasa left on an exit permit to study journalism at Harvard University in 1964 and the apartheid regime refused to allow him back when the Nieman fellowship ended.

He committed suicide a year later in New York at the age of 28.

Sanef's Mathatha Tsedu says, "His return must mark for us, as journalists, a reminder to recommit ourselves to the kind of commitment that Nat had, to good quality journalism."