Minister Nathi Mthethwa pays tribute to David Bowie

Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, pays tribute to David Bowie who passed away yesterday after a long illness.

“David Bowie made a unique, inimitable contribution to pop music. He was a pathfinder and he had his finger on the pulse of our times. We shall miss him,” said Minister Mthethwa.

“He championed the struggle for equality. He spoke out and pointed out uncomfortable truths to those around him about racism. In so doing, he was an agent of change and a trailblazer in many different ways.”

“I think that he saw being an artist as a calling, an opportunity to see the world through a different lens. His songs are real and also ethereal. The lyrics are poetic and prophetic. He had this wonderful gift of being in the world but also in a different reality, two steps ahead. Our condolences go to his family, friends and fans at home and all over the world,” said Minister Mthethwa.

For more information, contact Lisa Combrinck at 082 821 4886 or email

Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture


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