DA is saddened by the passing of renowned poet Don Mattera

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is deeply saddened by the passing of the renowned poet and struggle icon, Don Mattera.

Mattera played a pivotal role in the Black Consciousness Movement and was banned for eight years, spending three years under house arrest.

In 2006, he received the Order of the Baobab for his outstanding contribution to literature and journalism.

Mattera helped form the Union of Black Journalists and the Congress of South African writers.

Earlier this year, Mattera was honoured with the 2022 Artfluence Human Rights Award for his continued commitment to human rights, activism, and community development.

The DA extends its condolences to the family and friends of Mattera.