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The Spirit Lives

Kader Asmal was the Movement's cadre

That's a wing flying our nation high above the skies,

A doctor's scalpel keeping our society forever cleansed of all malaise,

A taller than a tall order against all to whom probity was the devil incarnate.

We are so much the poorest,

You are leaving behind our guitar struggling a fine tune (to) maintain,

You are joining the serenading melody of Sisulus, First, Tambos, Haroon, Fischer, Biko,

That constellation of stars, that galaxy of braves that moved mountains for our now's joy,

Whose selflessness continue to birth our better morrow.

Rest in peace, you soldier of our peace,

You, Kadre of our liberation!


This poem by creative artist Morakabe "Raks" Seakhoa honours the late former environmental affairs and forestry and education minister Kader Asmal.

Seakhoa is also a director of wRite Associates, who organise the South African Literary Awards for the Department of Arts and Culture, National Arts Council, SABC, Nutrend Publishers and Sowetan.

In its sixth year, the Sala has extended the deadline for submissions to July 29. Writers of fiction and fact are invited to enter in one of these categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement Literary Award;
  • Posthumous Literary Award;
  • Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award, for writing in African Languages;
  • K Sello Duiker Memorial Award;
  • Literary Translators Award;
  • Literary Journalism Award;
  • First-time Published Author Award;
  • Poetry Award;
  • Chairperson's Award.

Post entries to PO Box 4488, Randburg, 2125, or deliver them to 74 Mimosa Road, Randpark Ridge, 2165.

For further details, telephone 011-791-3585 or 011-791-4102 or e-mail or visit

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