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Kgosietsile dies at age 79

Date: Jan 5, 2018

Professor Kgosietsile went into exile in the United States in the 1960s where he studies extensively about African-American literature and culture

Messages of condolences are pouring in for National Poet Laureate and liberation struggle giant Professor Keorapetse Kgosietsile. The 80 year old Kgosietsile passed away earlier today in Johannesburg after a long illness. He is the former husband of Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete with whom he had three children. 

As an influential ANC cadre in the 1960's, he went into exile in the United States where he made an extensive study of African-American literature and culture. 

Tsepiso Makwetla spoke to South African Poet Lebo Mashile. 


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