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“Stop being selfish,” mourners at Magubane’s funeral urge young artists

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Veteran artists and musicians says it’s up to young entertainers to revive South Africa’s legacy of social activism.

They were speaking at legendary photojournalist Dr Peter Magubane’s burial service held at the  Fourways Memorial Park Cemetery.

The 91-year-old died in Johannesburg on New Year’s Day.

Magubane was famous for hiding his camera in a hollowed loaf of bread to evade detection by apartheid- era police.

His daughter, Ambassador Fikile Magubane, says she remembers her father’s determination to do his work despite the constant harassment he and his family faced.

Veteran artists say a generation of socially conscious journalists like Magubane is what’s needed to take the country forward.

“Lion King” actor, Ron Kunene, says young artists must stop being selfish and join the struggle for economic freedom.

At the same time, legendary actor, Dr John Kani, has re-iterated calls for government to better honour veterans of South African arts and journalism.

He was among those who attended the funeral service.

Through their art, Kani and the late Magubane formed part of a legacy of brave artists who risked their lives to expose the atrocities of apartheid.

Despite their contributions to the liberation struggle, Kani says, living legends continue to live in squalor.

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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