South African poet and political activist, Keorapetse William Kgositsile, also known as 'Bra Willie' has died at the age of 79. Picture : Masi Losi

Johannesburg - South African poet and political activist, Keorapetse William Kgositsile, also known as 'Bra Willie' has died. He was 79.

In 1996, he was inaugurated as South Africa’s National Poet Laureate and was actively involved in the fight against Apartheid.

From 1962 to 1975, he lived in exile in the United States, where he gained success and quickly became a household name. 

'My Name is Afrika', which he published in 1971, made him one of Africa's leading poets. 

His famous work include: If I Could Sing, The Present is a Dangerous Place to Live, A Capsule Course in Black Poetry Writing – with Brooks, Madhubuti & Randall, For Melba and Spirits Unchained. 

He has also written numerous articles and made a number of speeches.