Asmal was disciplined in struggle - NUM
Johannesburg - Kader Asmal served in the struggle for democracy with "discipline, dedication and distinction", the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday.
"Asmal contributed significantly to the liberation struggle and to the post liberation reconstruction of South Africa," said spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka.
He said Asmal's "immense" intellect had fired him in the "sphere of the battle" and made a lasting contribution to the country.
Asmal, 76, died on Wednesday in a Constantia hospital in Cape Town.
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.
Seshoka said South Africans should follow Asmal's example in upholding the values he stood for.
NUM would lower its banners to mark its respect for the former minister of education and water affairs.
Seshoka extended NUM's condolences to Kader's family, the ANC and the congress movement.