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Jonathan Ball dies in Cape Town

Jonathan Ball

Jonathan Ball, who established the publishing house carrying his name in 1976, has died in Cape Town of cancer.

He was 69.

Eugene Ashton, chief executive of Jonathan Ball Publishers, confirmed Ball’s death to a local publication.

Asked for comment, Ashton said: “Jon hated soundbites. But he will be missed.”

Ball rocked the political establishment in 1978 when he published the controversial book The Super-Afrikaners , which exposed the extent to which a secretive organization influenced South African society.

He was surrounded by his children when he died, just after 15:00 on Saturday.

Jonathan Ball Publishers and a certain local publication are subsidiaries of Media24.

-The Citizen

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