Nobel Laureate and writer Nadine Gordimer was fearless in her stand for justice, equality and freedom, the SA National Editors Forum said.

Johannesburg - While the death of Nobel Laureate and writer Nadine Gordimer left South Africa with a sense of loss, she would always be remembered through her works, government said on Monday.

“We remember authors for the stories they tell and the many ways their words can entertain, enlighten and inspire us,” Communications Minister Faith Muthambi said in a statement.

“South Africa has lost a voice that is revered across the globe for her literary command and impact. Gordimer leaves behind a collection of important work that influenced many South Africans.

“She told the story that was not allowed to be told, and paved the way for great voices against the rule of apartheid.”

Gordimer's writing embodied her passion for the demise of apartheid and focused on themes of love, hate and friendship under the pressures of the racially segregated system.

Government offered Gordimer's family and friends its deepest condolences.

Earlier on Monday, law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs said in a statement on behalf of the Gordimer family: “Her son Hugo and daughter Oriane and her caring helpers were with her... A private memorial service will be announced at a later date.”

It said she died “peacefully in her sleep at home in Johannesburg on Sunday”.

Gordimer was 90 years old.