24 December 2020
Pretoria – COPE is saddened by the sad news of the passing on of Veteran journalist Jon Qwelane and former Ambassador to Uganda. It is very very sad day for South Africa, Dennis Bloem, COPE national spokesperson said.
“Bra Jon Qwelane is a true example of an ethical journalist. He was fighting the Apartheid Government with his pen. A brave activist and freedom fighter. He was declared enemy of the state for exposing injustices where ever it happened”.
“ The people of Maokeng, Kroonstad in the Free State will never forget the role Bra Jon Qwelane played in breaking the back of a very notorious Apartheid sponsored vigilante gang called the 3 Million Gang who killed many people in Maokeng, Kroonstad”, Bloem said.
Bloem said, “We are saying Bra Jon we have a Democracy today because of your contribution. Go well true patriot. We wish to express our sincere heartfelt condolences to the Qwelane family, friends and media fraternity”.