Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
3 minute read
4 Mar 2021
11:14 am

Karima Brown’s ‘death leaves a massive void for many’

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

In a statement, her family thanked South Africans for their messages of support and prayers during her recent hospitalisation.

eNCA journalist Karima Brown. Picture: Dimpho Maja / African News Agency (ANA)

“My dear friend Karima Brown passed away this morning from covid-19. I am devastated. Broken,” said Eusebius Mckaiser, journalist and friend of Karima Brown, who passed away on Thursday morning from Covid-19.

Brown announced on 11 February she had tested positive for Covid-19.

“Stats require hospitalisation. Hoping I recover speedily,” she said at the time.

She died on Thursday morning after battling the virus in intensive care.

In a statement, her family thanked South Africans for their messages of support and prayers during her recent hospitalisation.

“These comfort us as a family during this profoundly painful experience of loss,” the family said.

“Karima was not just a prolific and well-known South African journalist and commentator, with deep footprints in print and broadcast media, but also and more importantly a well-loved friend, mentor, mother, colleague, daughter and confidante to countless people throughout a life lived fully and with deep commitment to her most cherished values and principles.

“We are enormously proud of the fierce determination she had shown since her early years to get involved in bringing about a more just, inclusive and anti-racist South Africa. This determination also shaped her fearless approach to journalism. She was driven by a conviction that journalism must be in service of justice.”

Brown will be laid to rest at a private burial ceremony in accordance with Islamic rites and traditions.

The family will announce details later about a more public memorial service in honour of Brown’s life.

eNCA MD Norman Munzhelele expressed his condolences to her family.

“For a long time, Karima has been a robust voice in South Africa’s media landscape. Her years of activism preceded this. She had a big personality and didn’t shy away from voicing her opinions. Karima believed in hope. She was also a loving mother, a loyal friend and a committed colleague. Her death leaves a massive void for many,” Munzhelele said in a statement.

Brown was a regular face and contributor on eNCA for nearly five years, having been the host of The Fix since May 2018 and a political commentator on the channel since 2017.

Among her career accomplishments, Karima was political editor at Business Day, group executive editor at the Independent Media, launched Forbes Women Africa magazine and hosted Political Exchange and Beyond Markets on CNBC Africa. She also held senior positions on Business Report, Cape Argus, The Star, Sunday Times, The Times South Africa and eNews Channel Africa.

Friends and media colleagues have been sending their condolences to her family since her death.

“Still battling to wrap my mind around the news that Karima Brown is no more. This shocked me to the core. Heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues. Thank you for your fearless commitment to necessary conversations,” said former public protector Thuli Madonsela.

“Ms Karima Brown’s passing is sudden and heartbreaking. She was a brilliant journalist and now broadcaster. Sending my deepest condolences to her family, her friends and colleagues. South African media has lost one of its loudest voices – I’ll miss our robust engagements,” Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said.

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