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ANC praises Keorapetse Kgositsile as creative genius

The Gauteng government held an official memorial service for Kgositsile at the Johannesburg City Hall on Thursday.

The late Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says the late struggle stalwart and poet Keorapetse Kgositsile goes into the history books as a creative genius who represented excellence.

The Gauteng government held an official memorial service for Kgositsile at the Johannesburg City Hall on Thursday.

The veteran poet and activist died earlier this month at the age of 79.

The ANC's Parks Tau delivered the eulogy.

“To be a national poetry laureate meant that Bra Willie endeavoured to speak truth directly to those in power.

“Since he was brave and fearless to confront apartheid, he felt duty bound to question those in our democracy who use high office for nefarious means.”