Mbeki expresses sadness over Botman's death

2014-07-01 06:07
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Johannesburg - Former president Thabo Mbeki expressed shock and sadness on Monday over the death of Stellenbosch University rector and vice-chancellor Prof Russel Botman.

"Prof Botman was an eminent fighter against apartheid, a grounded and authentic theologian, a humble and thorough-going intellectual who sought everyday to improve the lives of all South Africans, black and white," Mbeki said in a statement.

"Like the humble servant that he was, Russel did what he had to do, principled and loyal to principle, neither seeking reward nor praise."

Mbeki sent his condolences to Botman's family and the Stellenbosch University community.

He said Botman's death would not only be a loss to his family, but also to the country.

"It is a loss to the nation and to humanity as a whole."

Botman died in his sleep at his home in Stellenbosch on Friday night.

He joined Stellenbosch University in 2000 as a professor in the practical theology and missiology department and was appointed vice-rector in 2002.

The Stellenbosch municipality said on Monday that flags in the town would be flown at half-mast following Botman's death.

"The reality and impact of Botman's sudden passing has left the town grappling with the great loss it has experienced over the weekend," spokesperson Vernon Bowers said in a statement.
- SAPA
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