Tributes pour in for departed civil rights campaigner Hajat

Tributes keep pouring in for renowned policy analyst and civil rights campaigner Rafiq Hajat who died due to heart complications Monday morning.

The news about Hajat's demise has left many with broken hearts bearing in mind the impact he made to the country.

In his condolence message, Onjezani Kenani, a social media activist said Hajat has left a vacuum that will not be filled.

"Shocked to hear news of Rafiq Hajat's passing. For decades he fought fearlessly for the rights of marginalized Malawians. His voice was steady and unwavering. His departure leaves a vacuum and is a blow to activism. Rest in peace, Mr. Hajat. From Allah we come, and to Him alone we shall return," wrote Kenani.

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) Executive Secretary Habiba Osman described Hajat as a great human rights defender who always stood on his ground.

Hajat - died of heart attack

"I started activism in my early 20s admiring folks like him. I learnt a lot from this great human rights defender. We debated on issues of governance and human rights! He helped to shape some of the human rights narrative, we have today, in this country. We will miss his patriotism, human rights defending and wisdom to stand up and speak out," said Osman.

President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima, UDF leader Atupele Muluzi, have also paid their tribute to the fallen activist, describing him as "fearless"

The body of Hajat will be buried today at West Park Cemetery, Johannesburg, South Africa., his family announced a short while ago.

Hajat is survived by a wife and two children, and he was born on September 14, 1955.