The Democratic Alliance extends our deepest condolences to the family of Nadine Gordimer, and everyone touched by her work, on the sad news of her passing today.
From each generation invariably rises transformative figures who can see past present circumstances toward a better future.
Nadine Gordimer lived such a transformative life. While her works on race and identity were banned by the Apartheid regime for many years, there is no doubt that her writing awakened minds across the planet to the light of justice and reconciliation.
In her own words she described how topics for writing and activism choose generations, not the other way round. She tapped into the consciousness of an era.
She will be remembered as a Nobel Laureate, as an activist, and as a supportive figure to some of South Africa’s greatest leaders, notably assisting former President Nelson Mandela to courageously tap into a universal truth in his “I am prepared to Die” speech from the dock in the Rivonia Trial.
May future generations in South Africa and around the globe share the courage to harness the words that can change the world forever.
We will not forget Ms Gordimer’s immense contribution to the nation entrusted to us today. May her soul rest in peace and may her family find consolation during this difficult time.
Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance
Source : Democratic Alliance