Freedom fighter Johnny Issel dies

2011-01-24 08:02
Cape Town - A member of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA), Johnny Issel, has died.

"Today the MKMVA in Western Cape dip our revolutionary banner in memory of comrade Johnny Issel who died on January 23," said Desmond Stevens, MKMVA provincial secretary, on Monday.

"Johnny Issel was one of the greatest heroes in our struggle against apartheid, a trade union and grassroots activist, an MK commander, but above all, a special human being who dedicate all his life in selfless service to others."

Stevens did not say how Issel, who was 64, had died.

Issel was one of the founding members of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1983.

"Johnny Issel has his place forever in the people's gallery of liberation fighters who fought for and sacrificed so much for our freedom.

"We call on all the progressive people in the Western Cape to honour comrade Johnny’s memory in building a strong united and non-racial ANC, who will work tirelessly to eradicate poverty, hunger and underdevelopment," Stevens said.

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