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Johnny Clegg remembered as a symbol of reconciliation

Hundreds of people gathered at the Sandton Convention Centre to bid farewell to Johnny Clegg who passed away last week after battling pancreatic cancer.

Johnny Clegg performs during the 20th edition of the World Sacred Music Festival in Fez, Morocco.  Picture: AFP

SANDTON - Johnny Clegg has been lauded as a national treasure and a musical genius who became a symbol of reconciliation and a true African.

On Friday, hundreds of people gathered at the Sandton Convention Centre to bid farewell to Clegg who passed away last week after battling pancreatic cancer.

WATCH: 'Clegg's music was the soundtrack of what we could have been as a nation'

A man who went where others were too scared or too self-conscious to go and a true reflection of a South Africa of our dreams was how Clegg has been remembered by many.

Author and commentator Max du Preez said: “Johnny Clegg’s music was the soundtrack of what we could have been and should have become as a people of the southern tip of the mother continent.”

While Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said Clegg embodied the spirit of a true African.

“…Communicating a message of oneness of humanity,” he said.

Clegg's son, Jesse, paid an emotional tribute to his father performing a song he wrote with him two years ago.

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