(19**-19**) Politician, judge, journalist, radio station manager, film director and translator. Also known as Kowie Marais
Born Jacobus François Marais.
After working as a journalist and radio station manager for the SABC, he trained as a lawyer, obtaining a B.A., LLB, and was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1955, based in the Transvaal (serving till 1975). In this capacity was involved in a number of significant committees and commissions.
He had always been actively engaged with various cultural-political movements, including the Broederbond and the para-military right-wing organization, the Ossewa-Brandwag and the National Party, thus on his retiredment as judge, and following a political change of heart, he became a Member of Parliament for the liberal Progressive Party in 1977.
His contribution to South African theatre, film, media and performance
His contribution to culture in the country was varied, covering a number of fields.
A strong supporter of the arts, he wrote numerous articles on arts and literary issues, and was for a time an influential chairperson of the Pretoria Branch of the S. A. Association of Arts.
In 1964 he won an Akademie-award (the SAUK‑prys vir Radiohoorspele en Radiohoorbeelde) for a documentary radio programme on the South African painter Pierneef. (Die wêreld van Pierneef)
As film director
Le Roux, André I. & Fourie, Lilla – Filmverlede: geskiedenis van die Suid-Afrikaanse speelfilm
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