President Jacob Zuma has extended his deepest condolences on the passing of well-known veteran journalist, Mr Allister Sparks, who passed away on Monday after an illness.
Mr Sparks was an experienced journalist, author and political commentator. He developed and trained many journalists, especially during his tenure as an editor.
He was the editor of The Rand Daily Mail during the period of apartheid oppression, and the publication made its mark by exposing the evils of the system.
Mr Sparks continued to contribute columns even after retirement.
"He made his mark in the fight for a free South Africa and proved that the pen is mightier than the sword. We extend our deepest condolences to his family", said President Zuma.
Source: South African Government.