After Karima Brown’s death COPE wants journalists added to frontline workers’ list

South Africa

Johannesburg – The Congress of the People (Cope) has called on Health Minister Zweli Mkhize to add journalists to the list of frontline workers.

This follows the passing of journalist, Karima Brown from Covid-19-related complications.

Brown was admitted to hospital last month where she received treatment for the virus.

Cope remembered Brown as a brave, strong and courageous journalist, who did her work without any fear or favour.

Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said that her death highlighted the dangers faced by journalists every day.

“Journalists are on a daily basis exposed and face the vicious enemy, coronavirus. Our heartfelt condolences go to her family, colleagues at eNCA, Radio 702 and the entire media fraternity. May her soul rest in peace.”

Brown’s family said that she would be laid to rest at a private burial ceremony at Westpark Cemetery on Thursday afternoon in accordance with Islamic rites and traditions.

An announcement will be made, in time, about a more public memorial service to honour her life.

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