REMAINS OF A HERO LAID TO REST
By: Nhlanhla Mthembu
After nearly 50 years “Native of nowhere” Nathalien “Nat Nakasa” Ndazana’s journey finally ended, when he was finally laid to rest in his hometown cemetery at Chester Ville, Durban, KZN.
Hundreds of people arrived at Durban’s City Hall for the memorial service of anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa on Saturday.
Guests included Inkatha Freedom Party leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) board members and numerous well-known local personalities and the Nakasa family.
Friends, family and colleagues all gathered together to honor and remember this legend described as a visionary aid of his time.
“You are home now brother, where the ancient mountains shout your name,” said Mathatha Tsedu, executive director of Sanef who, like Nakasa, was a Nieman Fellow. “Today we reconnect you to the motherland, to Africa rest then my brother give Gladys the peace she so wanted for you,” he continued.
The reburial of Nakasa closed a tragic chapter of South Africa’s history, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said. “Much as he was not like any other person, his pen worked for him and it was mightier than the soiled, he was a nation builder and an agent of social cohesion before this became a buzz world,” Mthethwa said.
His family said Nakasa was a gift they appreciated with the world.
“We lost Nat but he is alive in his works he lives on, we thank the South African Government, we thank everybody, the Sanef for bringing him home. We say that he will lay on South African soil peacefuly,” said nephew Dr Sipho Masondo.
Nat Nakasa’s remains were later re-buried at the Heroes Acre cemetery, Chester Ville in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.