Inyathelo is deeply saddened at the news of the passing of veteran journalist Karima Brown, from Covid-19. Karima anchored eNCA's weekly show 'The Fix' and was a regular political analyst on the channel. Her career included several senior media positions, among them political editor of Business Day, group executive editor at Independent Media, and host of a 702 radio show.
Karima had links spanning many decades with several of Inyathelo’s managerial team and Board members. Nazeema Mohamed, Executive Director of Inyathelo, and Karima were both youth leaders in the Cape Youth Congress where they not only challenged apartheid but also gender-based violence and gender inequality. Nazeema recently asked Karima, together with drama activists Warren Nebe and the Healers, to champion Inyathelo’s #keepconnecting campaign, set up to raise funds for data for non-profit organisations.
Karima’s deep involvement and political education in movements striving for social justice turned her into a courageous and insightful political journalist. Speaking during the zoom launch of the #keepconnecting campaign, in August 2019, Karima recalled the community-based activist meetings of her youth. Discussing her support for the data campaign, she said: “The fourth industrial revolution is upon us, but because of levels of exclusion and inequality, many people cannot compete, let alone excel.” Karima herself led a discussion in which it was shared that the lack of Wi-Fi at hospitals means critically ill Covid-19 patients use health workers’ cell phones as this is the only way they can communicate with their loved ones.
Inyathelo extends its heartfelt condolences to Karima’s family and friends. She was a fighter to the end, and her passing is a loss not only for her many associates but also for South Africa.