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MEDIA STATEMENT BY EXECUTIVE MAYOR PATRICIA DE LILLE

It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the passing of one of our county’s dear sons, Adam Small in the early hours of this morning.

As a writer and poet, Small used his craft to highlight the oppression suffered by the working class under the apartheid regime.

His works and writing were distinctly characterised by the Kaaps vernacular which he discovered when his family moved to Retreat.

In Small’s poetry collections “Kitaar My Kruis and “Sê Sjibbolet” he criticised apartheid policies and racial discrimination while he also used his writing as a weapon in the struggle to free his people.

Last year I honoured to open a production and sit next to Adam Small and listen to some of his famous pieces, “Kô Lat Ons Sing” and “Oos Wes Tuis Bes Distrik Ses”.

Many years after he had written those pieces, his words and the emotions were still so vivid and touching.

In 2011, the City of Cape Town conferred the Civic Honours on Adam Small for his everlasting contribution towards Afrikaans literature.

His passing will undoubtedly leave a great void in our country’s cultural and literary landscape.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Adam Small.

We pray for strength and comfort during your time of bereavement.

Rest in peace Adam Small. We will always remember you for your great contribution to literature and the struggle.

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