Asmal the best of a generation - Zille

2011-06-22 19:35

Johannesburg - Kader Asmal represented the best of a generation of struggle heroes, DA leader Helen Zille said after his death on Wednesday.

"Asmal was far more than a politician. He represented the best of a generation of struggle heroes who made unimaginable sacrifices to realise a democratic South Africa," Zille said.

"Asmal will be remembered for many things, but particularly for his scholarship, and his contribution to entrenching constitutionalism in South Africa. He left Parliament on principle, refusing to vote for the abolition of the Scorpions."

Asmal, 76, died on Wednesday in Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic in Cape Town after having a heart attack and slipping into a coma.

He was the minister of water affairs and forestry from 1994, a member of the ANC's national executive committee, and education minister from 1999.

Zille said the DA would honour his memory by guarding the constitution and "by achieving the vision of a South Africa that offers the opportunity of a better life for all".

Asmal's death follows that of struggle icon Albertina Sisulu, wife of Walter Sisulu, who died on June 2.

  • Nico Le Roux - 2011-06-22 19:45

    Someone that we will miss. Iemand wat ons na kan op kyk. Mooi bly, en dankie vir jou wysheid.

  • MaanDonkie - 2011-06-22 19:57

    May you rest in peace Mr will however be remembered as the architech of outcome based education which we all know is a dismall failure.

      Darkie_Ekasi - 2011-06-22 20:28

      Spot on

      Vickers - 2011-06-22 20:45

      Yes! Such a pity that such a likeable man's legacy is system that left millions illiterate and unemployable.

  • onetickie - 2011-06-22 20:10

    This is sad news. He was one of the few ANC members who still had vision for what is right & wrong in SA. He will be a loss to SA's better future. Synpathies to his family.

  • - 2011-06-22 20:17

    Kadar Asmal just seemed such a nice, likeable man.... RIP. The Old Gaurd of the ANC must be feeling the passing on of stalwarts like Asmal, Sisulu and its sad because they are/were the 'backbone', seemingly the voice of reason.........

  • TerryD - 2011-06-22 20:24

    One of the most hard working politicians SA has had the privelege to have known. A wise man, Gentleman and schoar. RIP.

  • Sbs - 2011-06-22 20:29

    The Lion is Gone ,we salute Cde Cadre Asmal!!

  • Bheki - 2011-06-22 20:43

    viva malema he will be our new leader like Kadar an honoorable man !

      POLS_G - 2011-06-22 20:48

      The two men could not be more unalike. Asmal was scholar and a gentleman, who valued democratic institutions, law and order. Malema is an uneducated thug, with no regard for the principles or instituions of democracy, who thinks he can demand whatever he wants - including most recently, instructing Minsters what to do.

      TamaraSays - 2011-06-22 20:49

      Pfffft. He would need more than one braincell to achieve that, and sadly, that is not the case.

      G8 - 2011-06-22 21:14

      @Bheki How deluded can one possibly be? There is very little to equate the principles and conduct of the parties you mention. Your 'leader', Julius "I am too important to be a narcissist" Malema would greatly benefit by learning the principals KA possessed. RIP KA. - 2011-06-22 21:24

      @Bheki....Kadar Asmal and malema are like chalk and cheese!!!! Where do you find it within you to even compare them??! Mr Asmal was an educated, well spoken man who UNDERSTOOD democracy- UNLIKE MALEMA! In fact malema, given half the chance, would no doubt have made fun of the way Mr Asmal spoke English [which was perfect], just like he did with the previous Minister of Education [when he scoffed at her English accent]. malema is a BUFFOON and a DESPOT!

      gizzy - 2011-06-22 21:36

      Pity Kader departed when he did. He was one of the few backboned anc members that stood up to and spoke out against Hitler Malema.

  • TamaraSays - 2011-06-22 20:48

    Truly a great man, and one that will not easily be replaced. Condolences to the Asmal family, and RIP Mr. Asmal.

  • grant9 - 2011-06-22 20:50

    I didn't know the man but as he allowed OBE to be introduced, countless school leavers will be cursing his name for years. Pity we can't find out what type of schools his grandchildren went to...

      donald.perumal - 2011-06-22 23:38

      @grant9 The OBE that Kader Asmal implemented was a million times better than the Apartheid Education the Nats offered. Anyway OBE was an approach to teaching still being used all around the world.The Education System is another matter.

  • douglas.barnes2 - 2011-06-22 21:03

    Mr K Asmal you are one of the cardres who gave class to the ANC.entry to heavens gates will be wide open .You will only leave fond memories of yourself behind.You gave reason to the word humanity.My condolences to your family.May you rest in peace. - 2011-06-23 07:23

      Mr Asmal did indeed bring class to the anc.

  • Malusi - 2011-06-22 21:13

    I new Zille was going to commend Kader Asmal because he have been saying things that makes her happy. As she have mentioned the issue of Scorpions, anyway for Kadar there was no way that he could have voted for the abolition of scorpions. As we all know that scorpions were their only tool to use to accomplish sinister motive before or after Polokwane. He has been against the media tribunal, so that is why Zille says he was the best of generation. A typical white person always commend u if there are some signs of being a puppet

      gizzy - 2011-06-22 21:39

      Geez, do you share a braincell with Hitler Malema?

      Lee - 2011-06-22 22:36

      She will commend Mandela when he dies. Malema will have torn up every dream that man had for S.A. To be one nation rather than a divided one. Will you say the same for mandela. Shame on you being so blinded by race hate, nice to know these people now going to the grave fought a life time for brats like you to be no better than what they help rid. I pity your future and what legacy you will pass down other than hate for the future generations.

      TamaraSays - 2011-06-22 22:40

      That's like saying that a black person only comments because they are a brain washed sheep. Both are patently false, and racist, so perhaps you should try to learn a new song chum? That one's a bit old. - 2011-06-23 07:25

      Its got NOTHING to do with being a puppet's called COMMON SENSE!

  • k_hallawaya - 2011-06-22 21:21

    ...Very difficult to understand how can a man of such intellect and preparation, was keen to assist in the destruction of an education system so vital for the regeneration of a nation......RIP it is though.......

  • Ettienne - 2011-06-22 21:48

    This was one person within the ANC who one could look up to and appreciate as a man with Integrity. RIP. Only wish that the rest of government would learn by your example.

  • JusticeMan - 2011-06-22 21:51

    I met him at the Cape Town Bookfair in 2010, had a nice chat with him, he was simple & modest, however very intelligent & wise & played a pivotal role in the drafting our Constitution. Fakyewtoo must just be ignored...poor chap, living with so much hatred!

  • sainsaudi - 2011-06-22 23:38

    The likes of Kader Asmal cannot be compared with this present crop of ANC leaders. They were men of vision, albeit flawed in many ways. Yet this made them human, and by being just that they understood that South Africa was unique and that 1994 was a miracle. His wisdom and his humanity will be missed.

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  • LiraShea - 2011-06-23 09:34

    The voice of reason is silent... RIP kind Sir. You will always be remembered as one of the selfless fighters for our democracy.

  • Marietjie - 2011-06-23 10:05

    Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii everyone LOL :-)))) struggle struggle struggle eiSH, ons like van sukKEL NEH EVEN KAP ONS TERUG OP DIE VERLEDE WANT ONS HOU VAN OM DIE VERLEDE TE LEWE...JAAAAA ONS LIKE VAN MENSE AFBREEK PERMANENT!!! ;-P

  • sardonicus - 2011-06-23 10:20

    Hamba Kahle Kader! RIP

  • tony.antunes2 - 2011-07-03 13:08

    Amazing, both Zuma and Zille see him as great. And so do we. I wish Malema and Mugabe role models could be substituted by the likes os these.

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