Just in: eNCA journalist Karima Brown dies of COVID-19

Sad, sad news is reaching us from our fellow media professionals at eNCA: Karima Brown, one of the most recognisable names in South African journalism, has passed away on Thursday. The veteran reporter was diagnosed with COVID-19 a few weeks ago, and was recently admitted to hospital following complications linked to the virus.

eNCA confirms the death of Karima Brown

Brown had been placed on a ventilator as her condition worsened, but ultimately, she succumbed to the illness earlier this morning. The news was broken via her employers, who published a brief statement on their Twitter account.

Who is Karima Brown?

Famous for her no-nonsense attitude, Karima Brown often clashed with some of the most ferocious political figures in the country. She had an abrasive style when holding the powerful to account, often making her the target of certain factions. Brown, however, stuck to her principles throughout, delivering her unique brand of journalism for millions of viewers.

Tributes pour in for eNCA journalist

One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane led the tributes to Karima Brown online, lamenting the ‘sad news’ on his social media accounts. He joined thousands of other South Africans online in passing on their condolences.

“This is sad news indeed. I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Karima Brown and to her work colleagues. May her soul Rest In Peace.”

Meanwhile, former colleagues have also revealed their shock at the news. Martin Slabbert has branded her death as ‘a major loss to the media industry’, and hailed Brown for her work at eNCA.

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Presh JM Reporter

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