- Sandile Dikeni passed away on 9 November after an ongoing battle with TB
- He was a phenomenal writer, poet and activist who worked for many of the biggest publications in Mzansi
- The people of Mzansi have showered social media with special tributes to Sandile
Mzansi mourns the loss of another great man whose legacy will never be forgotten - Sandile Dikeni.
Sandile was an activist, artist and poet whose work inspired change, touched lives and gave hope to those who felt hopeless. He passed away on Saturday after a gruelling battle with TB.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the influential 53-year-old writer was confirmed dead on Saturday afternoon.
Tributes and condolences have been pouring in ever since the news of Sandile’s passing.
The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) explained that it was Sandile’s sister who confirmed his passing and struggles with TB.
"The news of his untimely death has shocked many in the media fraternity as it has taken place soon after the burial of seasoned broadcaster Xolani Gwala this weekend," the forum said.
Sandile’s political writing career left a legacy that will never be forgotten. He had been the arts editor for the Cape Times, an editor for Die Suid-Afrikaan, the political editor for This Day SA and a whole load more.
A former colleague, Ryland Fisher, a former Cape Times editor, described Sandile by stating that he was "somebody who was able to reflect the mood of the nation in poetry in a way very few people could. He was an amazing poet, but also a truly remarkable human being".
The people of Mzansi have been flooding social media with tributes to Sandile, remembering his greatness and the legacy he left behind.
Here are a few audio clips of some of Sandile’s work:
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