Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa says the month of May, which is Africa Month, cannot be commemorated without mentioning the name of veteran South African journalist, Nathaniel “Nat” Nakasa.
Mthethwa was delivering the opening address at the Nat Nakasa Annual Lecture in Durban.
Mthethwa says Nakasa fought the apartheid government through his writings.
“Nat Nakasa was one of those sons of the soil who contributed immensely in ensuring that we enjoy our democracy today. His legacy continues even now…….and we will continue that legacy…”
Meanwhile, Professor Harold McDougall from the University in KwaZulu-Natal,who delivered the main lecture and had also studied at Harvard University with Nat Nakasa, says Nakasa was an influential man with a wonderful sense of humour.
He says Nakasa inspired him to be part of the then American Civil Rights movement.
“He was a great guy – I mean he was fun to be around with – he was always a smart journalist always cracking jokes. He showed me jazz ……you feel like you were in his house – you know – you would sit down – you talk and you feel comfortable…..”