activist brutus dies

ANTI-APARTHEID and political activist, poet and professor Dennis Brutus died in his sleep in Cape Town over the weekend, his family confirmed on Sunday.

ANTI-APARTHEID and political activist, poet and professor Dennis Brutus died in his sleep in Cape Town over the weekend, his family confirmed on Sunday.

Brutus' son Anthony told Sapa that his father passed away on Saturday at the age of 85.

Brutus had suffered from prostate cancer for a little over a year.

Anthony Brutus said what he remembered most about his father was his acceptance of others.

"He always spoke well of others. He wasn't critical," he said.

"Contact with young people kept him mentally and physically fit.

"After a protest they would grab a bite to eat and he bought everyone a burger and ice cream. He combined caring and enjoying with his activism," Anthony said.

"He wanted to be part of the movement for as long as possible to stand up to the establishment of corporations and government."

According to Anthony poverty, racism and xenophobia were not part of the society that his father went to prison for during apartheid.

Referring to the society that Brutus had envisioned for South Africa, Anthony said: "I don't think he believed that we've come close to achieving that."

An activist until the end, Brutus wrote an open letter about the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference that was published in the Cape Argus and the Cape Times this year.

Born in the then Rhodesia in 1924, Dennis Vincent Brutus grew up in Port Elizabeth in South Africa. He was educated at Fort Hare University and started studies in law at the University of the Witwatersrand that were cut short by his imprisonment. - Sapa

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