RIP: Gibson Kente

South African playwright Gibson Kente has passed on, the BBC reports.

Based in Soweto, Kente was one of the first writers to deal with life in South Africa’s townships. He produced 23 plays and three television dramas between 1963 and 1992 after beginning his career with a black theatre group in Johannesburg.

Kente had announced last year that he was HIV positive.

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