Media release

Government saddened by death of Sandile Dikeni

12 November 2019

12 November 2019

As tributes continue to pour in for the late Poet of the People, Sandile Dikeni, and government joins the nation in celebrating the life of this great South African. 

Government is saddened by the untimely death of this former civil servant, who passed away on Sunday after a battle with tuberculosis.

Dikeni was not just an anti-apartheid activist who used his talent to voice out the injustices of the old regime, he went on to make his presence felt in the media fraternity being arts editor at the Cape Times and political editor at This Day. He was a colleague to many in government and also played an instrumental role in the GCIS content directorate.

His passing is not only a loss to his family, friends and the media fraternity but the entire public dearly miss him.   Government extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Ms Phumla Williams
Acting GCIS Director-General
Cell: 083 501 0139

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