Veteran journalist Jon Qwelane dies aged 68

Qwelane’s attorney Andrew Boerner has confirmed he passed away earlier on Thursday.

FILE: Jon Qwelane. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - Former diplomat and veteran journalist Jon Qwelane has died at the age of 68.

Qwelane’s attorney Andrew Boerner has confirmed he passed away earlier on Thursday.

He was appointed South Africa’s ambassador to Uganda in 2010.

His family has asked for privacy during this difficult time.

Qwelane's passing has been described as marking the closure of a chapter in South African journalism.

Veteran journalist Dan Moyane said Qwelane should be remembered for his work.

“He had very strong views about issues in the country way back in 1999, especially on issues about race and injustice. You have to remember JQ’s contribution is a legendary contribution to journalism in this country. His sharp pen earned him a status of a hero among many young journalists in this country.”

The veteran journalist has recently been in a legal battle for his controversial 2008 column titled: “Call me names but gay is not okay”.

The hate speech matter is now before the Constitutional Court for declaration.

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