Nat Nakasa`s remains returned after 50 years

South Africa’s renowned Anti-Apartheid Journalist Nat Nakasa remains returned from US to South Africa. He was awarded a fellowship to study at Harvard University and in 1964 he took his life, due to many problems such as home sickness and visa problems.
In 1963 he founded The Classic, the first black owned literary journal in South Africa. In the same year, Nat Nakasa was granted the prestigious Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard University in America. The apartheid Government denied him a visa, however he left South Africa on an exit permit (non-returnable) in 1964. In order for obtaining a visa for travel to America Nkasa traveled to several other countries including Tenzania where he met American civil rights activists Malcom X. He finally obtained travel documents in October 1964, by that time his visa could allow him to stay in America legally for the next five months. Due to these circumstances he described himself as “A Native of Nowhere’’.
“Enthusiastic writer”Nakasa, he once wrote: ‘’ I May shut up for some reason, for some time out of fear. Yet this will not make me feel ashamed. For I know that as long as the ideas remain unchanged within me, there will always be the possibility that one day I shall burst out and say everything that I wish to say- in a loud and thunderous voice.’’
Nat Nakasa was found dead in the early morning, 14th July 1965, after falling from the seventh floor of a building near Central Park in New York. A community of South African writers, musicians and other exiled activists attended his funeral, he was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery, outside Ney York City.

SOURCE:CIHAN