Rest in peace Comrade Jo

2015-09-10 06:00

The ANC has received the news of the sudden demise of our own, comrade Jo Aranes with sadness and shock.

Aranes passed away last Thursday after suffering a heart attack.

I last saw Comrade Jo last week on Tuesday at around 20h30 at our normal sessions of communication. He fit, contributing to the deliberations in the usual manner, without any hint of illness.

Comrade Jo even sent me an e-mail on the Thursday before his demise and I responded that I was to send him the documents he needed once I reach the office.

On my arrival I received an sms from Cde. Fezile Calana that Cde. Jo was no more; I couldn’t believe it, I thought he was joking because I had just spoken to Cde Jo less than 30 minutes prior. We are deeply shocked as his movement, the African National Congress.

Cde. Jo was a rare breed, a dedicated professional journalist who worked for many years at the Independent group, who served as deputy editor of the Cape Argus.

As the ANC in the Western Cape, we will remember him for the following attributes; his joy, not just for living but for life; his no-nonsense straight to the point attitude; saying what he believed and stood for, consequences notwithstanding; he was able to assist and mentor others; his massive participation in the struggles of the Young Lions of the 80s as an underground operative of Umkhonto Wesizwe and an activist.

This was a true cadre of democracy, peace and justice who always wanted transformation and fairness in the newsroom. We wish to extend our deepest Condolences to his wife, children, his colleagues, comrades, family and friends. May his soul rest in peace

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