Tributes from around South Africa poured in at the weekend following the death of celebrated South African author and outspoken apartheid critic André P Brink, who died on a flight from Belgium to Cape Town on Friday night.
Known for his literary comment on the apartheid government, Brink, 79, was on his way back from receiving an honorary doctorate from Belgium’s Université Catholique de Louvain when he died of a suspected blood clot.
“The man can now rest in peace. He leaves us with a rich literary legacy that commented on many of the wrongs of our country’s past,” Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University language and literature professor Helize van Vuuren said.
“And even though his work stretches back to the 1960s, it is still very much relevant today.”
André Philippus Brink was born on May 29 1935 in the Free State town of Vrede, and matriculated from Lydenburg High School in 1952 with seven distinctions.
He completed his MA degrees in both Afrikaans and English at Potchefstroom University before leaving South Africa to study comparative literature at Paris’s Sorbonne University.
In 1961, he took up a post in the Afrikaans-Dutch department at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
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