Judge Fikile Bam dies

2011-12-18 22:30

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma and government sent their condolences to Judge Fikile Bam's family on Sunday.

The 74-year-old Judge President of the Land Claims Court died in the Milpark Hospital on Sunday morning.

Zuma and the Cabinet were mourning the death of a political veteran who was committed to the liberation struggle and the defence of the rights of the poorest of the poor, Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said in a statement.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate and extended family of Judge Bam as well as the many friends and professional associates he made in South Africa and abroad over many decades," said Manyi.

SA History Online records Bam as born on 18 July 1937, in Tsolo in the Eastern Cape. He attended St Peter's Secondary School from 1956, and went on to study law at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1960.

Bam was served on the Goldstone Commission from 1992 to 1993 and was an judge in the supreme courts of both South Africa and the then independent Transkei.

He served as a mediator for the Independent Electoral Committee in 1994, when the first democratic elections took place in South Africa.

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