Judge Fikile Bam buried
Mthatha - The funeral of the late Judge Fikile Bam took place on Tuesday at his farm in Qoqwana village outside Mthatha.
Among those who are in attendance were former President Thabo Mbeki, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Judge Cheryl Loots of the Land Claims Court, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, former Cape Town Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa, Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet, Advocate and traditional chief Mwelo Nonkonyana and Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.
Kiviet described Bam as an "Eastern Cape legend", who was concerned with the issue of land claims in the province.
"Closest to his heart was how this land could be used to help the rural people of the Eastern Cape. He gave all of himself and the family should have comfort in that," Kiviet told Sapa.
A villager, Nomfundo Queen Mahamba, described Bam as a "people's person" who helped built lower Qoqwana Pre-school, which today serves as the only pre-school in the area.
Mahamba said Bam would also visit poor families and give food parcels to the sick.
"There are some in this village who were sent to school by him and now are qualified because of him," said Mahamba.
Bam served as struggle fighter during the apartheid years and later joined the judiciary, by becoming Judge President of South African Land Claims Court.
Bam died earlier this month from cancer at age 79.
Police patrolled the area where the funeral took place.