ANC pays tribute to Rick Turner

2014-01-09 00:00

THE non-racial nature of the ANC’s liberation struggle was invoked yesterday when the party paid tribute to political philosopher Dr Rick Turner.

January 8 marked the 36th anniversary of Turner’s murder and the 102nd birthday of the ANC.

Turner was shot through a window of his Durban home, close to the University of Natal, where he worked as an academic. He died in the arms of his then 13-year-old daughter, Jann Turner, now an acclaimed film director. Turner, whose assassins were never caught, was allegedly killed by the apartheid era police.

KZN ANC spokesperson Senzo Mkhize yesterday described Turner’s political philosophy and his book, The Eye of the Needle, as making a significant contribution to the conceptualisation of a democratic and non-racial South Africa.

“On the 102nd anniversary of its founding, the African National Congress dips its revolutionary flag in honour of an outstanding intellectual and a great patriot,” Mkhize said.

“We assure Turner’s family in South Africa and abroad that his memory is cherished and that his life and work has paved the road to 20 years of freedom.”

At the time of his assassination, Turner was a banned person.

He was a close friend of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko and was a witness for the defence in the South African Students’ Organisation (Saso) trial of 1976.

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