Johannes Kerkorrel was born as Ralph Rabie in 1960. He was a South African journalist and later a singer who publicly attacked the Apartheid system in his country. Kerkorrel was the only white singer who performed at the inauguration of South Africa's first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. He committed suicide on 11 December 2002, with some media still suggesting he was in fact murdered. Kerkorrel was popular in his own country as well as in Belgium.