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Ex-Zapu intelligence agent to be cremated


BOOK Café founder, Paul Brickhill, who died last Friday in South Africa after a long battle with throat cancer, will be cremated today in Harare.


Brickhill worked with Zapu intelligence during the liberation war and he was involved in deadly operations in and outside the country.

After independence he assisted uMkhonto Wesizwe, the armed wing of South Africa’s African National Congress.

Zapu president, Dumiso Dabengwa said they did not need to beg anybody to bestow Brickhill with a hero’s status as his works spoke for themselves.

“We do not beg anybody for him to be accorded a hero’s status, he is already a hero,” he said.

Yesterday, his body was taken to his house in Avondale Harare, where it lay in state.

A short memorial service is due to be held before the body is taken for cremation at Glenforest today.

A memorial service will be held at the Book Café along Samora Machel Avenue at 2pm where his family is expected to bring in the ashes.

In 2011 Brickhill received a Nama Award for “services to the arts” and in 2012 he was awarded a Prince Klaus Award by the government of the Netherlands in recognition of his role in establishing the Book Café and his own life-long commitment to promoting the arts.

Brickhill is survived by his wife Jennifer and four children, Tomas, Liam, Amy and Declan.

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