Iconic poet, literature legend and activist Don “Bra Zinga” Mattera has died.
The poet died at the age of 86 just a day after Joburg Theatre honoured him with a spot on the walk of fame for his contribution to the industry.
Due to ill health, the anti-apartheid activist was unable to attend the official opening of the Artfluence Human Rights event held at the Centre for Creative Arts, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, on May 3.
The details surrounding his passing are yet to be confirmed.
A close relative confirmed his passing and said an official statement would be issued in due course.
“It is with sadness that we confirm the passing of brother Omaruddin ‘Don’ Mattera,” he said.
“His funeral will leave from 8 Ramaite Street, Protea North at 7.30 pm proceeding to Avalon Cemetery for Janaz,” said the family member, who wished to remain anonymous.
However, it was later confirmed that Mattera will be laid to rest at Westpark Cemetery in accordance with Muslim burial customs.
We are saddened by the loss of Don Mattera’s eloquent, rousing & revolutionary voice for justice. As we observe International Nelson #MandelaDay, we remember Bra Don as a patriot, who in the spirit of this commemorative day, did what he could, with what he had, where he was. pic.twitter.com/UgrHP6PPLb
— Cyril Ramaphosa
(@CyrilRamaphosa) July 18, 2022