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Saturday, February 22, 2014


(Professor Mbulelo Mzamane)

Academic, poet and storyteller Prof Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane passed away earlier this week.

The Director of the Centre for African Literary Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and former Vice-Chancellor of University of Fort Hare was called a “visionary leader, [and] one of South Africa ‘s greatest intellectuals” by Nelson Mandela.

Describing his passing as a monumental loss to the academic and literary community, The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. Blade Nzimande, MP, paid tribute: “Professor Mzamane distinguished himself as one of our country’s finest scholars of rare breed, cut from the same cloth with the likes of Professors Dennis Brutus, Curtis Nkondo, Archie Mafeje, E’skia Mphahlele and others. He was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fort Hare in the democratic dispensation.

Prof Mzamane authored and co-authored a number of books, including Mzala Children of Soweto, Children of the Diaspora and Race between the Turtles and Cheetahs. His scholarly publications include the Images of the Voiceless and Multicultural Education in Colleges and Universities.