It is with great sadness that we have learnt of Karima Brown’s passing due to Covid-19 complications this morning.
In a statement issued by Eusebuis McKaiser on behalf of the family, he confirms her untimely death adding, “We are enormously proud of the fierce determination she had shown, since her early years, to get involved in bringing about a more just, inclusive, and anti-racist South Africa.”
My dear friend Karima Brown passed away this morning from covid-19. I am devastated. Broken.
Below is the official statement on behalf of her family. pic.twitter.com/RPMbPO2UAM
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) March 4, 2021
Brown will be most remembered for holding the powerful to account. She recently hosted The Fix on eNCA. She was also a regular contributor on the channel and various radio shows.
There has been an outpouring of messages on social media from political and public figures since the announcement.
Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula said, “Ms Karima Brown’s passing is sudden and heartbreaking. She was a brilliant journalist and now broadcaster. Sending my deepest condolences to her family, her friends and colleagues. South African media has lost one of its loudest voice – I’ll miss our robust engagements.”
“Still battling to wrap my mind around the news that Karima Brown is no more. This shocked me to the core. Heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues. Thank you for your fearless commitment to necessary conversations,” stated Thuli Madonsela.
Patricia de Lille also tweeted: “Extremely [saddened] by the passing of veteran journalist #KarimaBrown. Karima was a hard hitting journalist, a stalwart known for her excellent probing skills. My condolences to her family, colleagues & friends. The fourth estate is poorer without her. RIP Karima.”
The burial ceremony will be private with only a few people in attendance according to regulations.