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Veteran political journalist Karima Brown dies of Covid-19

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Tributes are pouring in for Karima Brown, who died of complications due to Covid-19.

Veteran journalist Karima Brown has died. Picture: Fahiem Stellenboom

Cape Town – Political journalist and commentator Karima Brown has died of complications due to Covid-19, eNCA confirmed on Thursday morning. Brown, a presenter on the broadcaster’s ’The Fix’, had been on a ventilator after being admitted to hospital last month.

Colleagues in the media industry paid tribute to Brown, who had worked at a number of South Africa’s top media houses, including a stint as head of content at Independent Media.

Aneez Salie, Independent Media’s head of content, has expressed shock and sadness at Brown’s death. “We are shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Karima Brown from Covid-19 complications and extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends.

“Her death serves as yet another reminder to us, if we needed one, of the seriousness of the pandemic,” Salie said.

“I’m gutted. Karima was a great leader and most importantly a journalist who listened to others and backed you to the hilt. She didn’t suffer fools,” former Independent Media editor and author of ’Hack With A Grenade’, Gasant Abarder, said on Thursday.

“Many wanted to know why Karima and I got on so well. It’s because we were both from Salt River and I grew up with strong women just like Karima. We are poorer for losing her and wish her family and friends my sincerest condolences.”

“My deepest condolences to Karima Brown’s family following the news of her passing. She was courageous, bold and incredibly fearless. May her soul rest in peace,“ Newzroom Africa anchor Cathy Mohlahlana posted on Twitter.

“Absolutely shocked to hear of the passing of Karima Brown. Say what you will but her work ethic was unmatched. Rest in peace,” the DA’s Sakhile Mngadi said.

Veteran radio and TV presenter Ashraf Garda said: “I’m saddened by news of the passing away of Karima Brown from Covid19 related causes. We worked together when she was executive producer on SAfm’s Am Live .She struck me then as a driven, fearless leader that backed her team. My dua prayers are for her and her family.”

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