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Public to pay tribute to Allister Sparks

Family and friends paid their last respects to the veteran journalist at a memorial service yesterday.

Press ombudsman Joe Thloloe speaks at Allister Sparks's memorial service at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism on 6 October 2016. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Press ombudsman Joe Thloloe says Allister Sparks will be remembered as a fighter for good journalism, which he says forms part of the foundation of a working democracy.

A memorial service was held at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism yesterday, an organisation Sparks founded in 1992.

Current and former board members joined the veteran journalist's family and friends in paying their last respects.

A public memorial service is scheduled next week at Liliesleaf Farm. Sparks died at Morningside Clinic last month due to an infection.

Sparks was fondly described as someone who was diligent, a go-getter and firm, by his family and friends as they reminisced about Sparks's life.

Thloloe says he will always remember him as a delightful friend.

"His commitment to good journalism, which is in fact the foundation of democracy, that's how I'll always remember him."

Friend and former South African Broadcasting Corporation radio CEO Govan Reddy says Sparks was in a league of his own and a truly phenomenal all round.

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