Struggle activist dies

2010-12-21 07:24

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is saddened by the death of Jean Middleton, spokesperson Castro Ngobese said.

“Comrade Middleton passes away in the midst of conspicuous revelations that our criminal intelligence operatives are abusing their powers to silence a journalist.”

He said Middleton, a revolutionary and organic journalist herself, would decry hearing that journalists were now being subjected to the old apartheid tactics of surveillance, tapping or intimidation.

“In Comrade Middleton, we have lost a cadre, prolific writer and journalist. Comrade Middleton is a symbol of left-leaning and progressive journalism that is not detached from concrete realities and conflated by profit margins and anti-peoples aspirations for a just and better South Africa.”

He said Middleton belonged to a generation that understood and knew that the Congress Alliance (now called tripartite) was the strategic centre of political power and leader of our people.

“As Numsa, we find solace in that Comrade Middleton has not gone, but she has joined the immortal living in ideas.”

Middleton was jailed by the apartheid regime and banned on her release.

She passed away on December 14 in London where she was living.

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