The African National Congress (ANC) has learnt with shock and sadness about the passing of veteran journalist and seasoned broadcaster, Karima Brown, who reportedly succumbed to COVID-19 complications. Journalism has lost one of its most dedicated and courageous servants.

We join millions of South Africans who say that the passing of Karima Brown is a huge loss to the media world. As the ANC, we will remember her for her selfless commitment to the liberation of the people of South Africa. Karima Brown grew up in the ANC family and dedicated most of her life to the struggle for a just, democratic and non-racial South Africa. She was part of the activists who worked for the launch of the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO) as well as the building of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS). Her father, a veteran of the ANC, Achmat Semaar, sadly passed on last year in April at the age of 72.

As a journalist, she was fiercely independent, courageous, fearless and uncompromising in her pursuit of the truth.

A courageous journalist and political analyst, she had a strong footprint in the media industry. She worked at Independent newspapers, Business Day, SABC, 702 and eNCA. At the time of her passing, she was the host of “The Fix”, on eNCA. Her voice and contribution in the public discourse will be sorely missed.

Karima was an inspiration to aspiring journalists and mentored many young journalists.

The ANC conveys its heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, the entire media fraternity and the people of South Africa as a whole. We hope they will find solace in the knowledge that the entire nation shares in their grief. We wish them strength and fortitude in this difficult time.




Pule Mabe

National Spokesperson

071 623 4971

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