SA wakes up to news of Allister Sparks death

Veteran journalist, Allister Sparks, will be remembered for his belief that journalism could make a difference in society.

This comes after South Africa woke up to the news of his death, with tributes pouring in.

702's John Robbie spoke to Rand Daily Mail editor, Ray Hartley, about his place in South African history.

He said an incident that saw him trending on social media a few months ago over his comment about former apartheid president HF Verwoerd, didn't undermine his decades of work and dedication to journalism.

Listen to the interview below:

He started out in 1951. He's been a reporter through a huge sway of South African history, all the way from Malan to Zuma.

Ray Hartley, Rand Daily Mail editor

He thought Verwoerd was a clever man, which caused the outrage. If you know his writings and look at his biography, he clearly despised and looked down on his policies. I don't think he regarded him as a hero at all.

Ray Hartley, Rand Daily Mail editor

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