Mbeki and Mandela Foundations pay tribute to Kgositsile

JOHANNESBURG - Tributes continue to pour in for South African Poet Laureate, Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile.

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation expressed shock at the poet&39;s sudden death, saying Kgositsile used his talent to assert African pride, identity and dignity.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said Kgositsile will be remembered for humour and his willingness to hold up a mirror rather than argue for a particular position.

Kgositsile, affectionately known as Bra Willie, died at the age of 79 at the Milpark hospital on Wednesday morning.

READ: Tributes for late poet, political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile

He began his career as a journalist at the New Age under political activist and editor, Ruth First.

In 1961, Kgositsile went into exile in Tanzania and later moved to the US where he furthered his studies.

Years later he founded the ANC Education Department.

In 2006, Kgositsile was inaugurated as South Africa&39;s National Poet Laureate.

Two years later, the poet was awarded the National Order of Ikhamanga.