South Africa’s former poet laureate and anti-apartheid activist Keorapetse William Kgositsile, also known as “Bra Willie”, has died at the age of 79.
Kgositsile, who lived in exile in the US from 1962 to 1975, gained prominence with his 1971 poetry collection My Name is Afrika.
comrades and friends, it is with a heavy heart to inform you about the sad news of the passing Prof William Keorapetse Kgositsile, Bra Willie, the National Poet Laureate and a giant of our struggle for liberation. #RIPProf pic.twitter.com/Feu7nGHgM3
— ANC Greater Johannesburg Region (@ANCJHB) January 3, 2018