ANC veteran Ismail Mohamed laid to rest

2013-07-13 15:42

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ANC struggle veteran and professor of mathematics, Ismail Mohamed, received a hero’s sendoff in Johannesburg today.

Hundreds of mourners from all corners of South Africa, including President Jacob Zuma and several Cabinet ministers, filled the St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Coronationville where a short service was held before he was laid to rest at Croesus Cemetery.

Zuma described Mohamed, who died a week ago at the age of 83, as a humble leader who served his country with distinction.

“Like a true revolutionary, wherever he was, he went beyond the mandate of his employment, mobilising and organising workers and students, despite the consequences. He understood that the struggle for total emancipation for the black majority and education were not mutually exclusive, that in fact, they reinforced one another,” he said.

Speaker after speaker echoed Zuma’s sentiments.

Paul Mashatile, Minister of Arts and Culture, who spoke on behalf of the provincial ANC also praised Mohamed’s strength, saying “death has robbed South Africans of a humble servant, a mentor and a pillar of strength”.

“We will remember Prof as a fearless leader who led from the front. We salute him for the role he played in the ANC underground during the struggle.”

Mashatile met Mohamed in the early 80’s when Mohamed was elected as vice president of the United Democratic Front (UDF).

Among those present at the funeral were Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Jessie Duarte, Susan Shabangu, Lindiwe Sisulu, Ebrahim Ebrahim and Frank Chikane.

Mohamed is survived by his wife, Ellen, five children and grandchildren.

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