The Nelson Mandela Foundation has issued a statement mourning the loss of Johnny Clegg following his death from pancreatic cancer at the age of 66 on Tuesday.
In the statement, the Foundation says that his death will be felt deeply and that Clegg was a South African of extraordinary quality adding that Nelson Mandela would've referred to him as a patriot.
Professor Njabulo Ndebele, the Foundation Chairperson, said when he studied in the US during the '80s his father visited him and gave him two of Johnny Clegg's LPs and that his music became an "emotional connection to home".
They further applauded Clegg for being an activist and for his participation in the anti-apartheid movement. Highlighting his passionate love of Zulu culture and his fluency in the Nguni language.
The Foundation also mentions that Madiba had the greatest respect for Clegg and in 1996 described his music as a combination of “the strains of hope and despair”.