Mbeki: ‘Civil servants need to learn from Gerwel’

2012-11-30 00:00

PROFESSOR Jakes Gerwel was an outstanding South African who contributed in a wide variety of fields “while remaining very humble and self-effacing”, former president Thabo Mbeki said yesterday.

Gerwel (66) died on Wednesday in a Cape Town hospital following heart surgery.

Gerwel’s contribution spanned literature, politics, government, business, sport and academia, Mbeki said in a statement.

“He stood in the front ranks of those who helped to transform our centres of higher education into institutions which would use their concentrated brain power to contribute to the transformation of our country into a non-racial and non-sexist democracy.”

Civil servants needed to study the lives of people like Gerwel, Mbeki said.

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