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Day after Klaaste's memorial is unveiled

By unknown | Sep 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

The tombstone of the former editor-in-chief of Sowetan Aggrey Klaaste has been vandalised - the day after it was unveiled.

The headstone itself lay flat on the ground as if it had been deliberately pushed.

The bouquets of flowers that were neatly placed on the marble and granite stone were scattered on the ground around the grave.

Pinky Klaaste said: "The people who destroyed my husband's tombstone have hurt our family."

Klaaste said members of her family cried when they saw the tombstone on the ground.

The unveiling ceremony, attended by dignitaries and former colleagues, was held on Saturday at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto.

Klaaste said when she returned to the grave with representatives of the tombstone company yesterday, she found the flowers that had been scattered the previous day, placed neatly back on the grave.

She did not know who put them back.

She said: "I did what I had to do. I unveiled the tombstone and the people who vandalised it have nothing to gain.

"The tombstone was insured and will be replaced."

Klaaste died on June 19 2004. He was the main inspiration behind the conceptualisation and implementation of the philosophy of nation-building.

The campaign is based on the concept of ubuntu.

The projects form the backbone of the newspaper's corporate social investment programmes.

Klaaste studied at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1958 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

After graduating, he became a journalist, first with Drum magazine and subsequently with The World, which was banned by the South African government in 1977.

In the late 1970s Klaaste was arrested along with Percy Qoboza, who was then the editor of The World, and spent nine months in jail.


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