Gerwel in critical condition - family

Professor Jakes Gerwel has not died but is in a critical condition in hospital following heart surgery, his family said in a statement.

“Following media reports that Professor Jakes Gerwel has passed away, the Gerwel family would like it to be known that while Professor Gerwel is in a critical condition following heart surgery in Cape Town, the reports are untrue,” the family said.

Professor Jakes Gerwel. File photo: Leon Lestrade. Credit: INLSA

The statement was prompted by earlier reports on news sites and Twitter that Gerwel, the chairperson of Media 24online and chancellor of Rhodes University, had died.

His family added: “As and when necessary, further updates will be given.” - IOL