Condolences pour in for Zwelakhe Sisulu

2012-10-04 18:54

Johannesburg - Condolences poured in on Thursday for struggle veteran Zwelakhe Sisulu, who died in his sleep at his home on Thursday morning at the age of 61.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) praised Sisulu's journalistic integrity and his contribution to the struggle.

"His vociferous and fighting pen exposed the heinous and brutal system of apartheid and colonialism of a special type," spokesperson Castro Ngobese said in a statement.

Numsa paid tribute to Sisulu's parents, Walter and Albertina Sisulu, for bringing him up to be a "gallant fighter and great servant of our people".

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said he became well-acquainted with Sisulu in the 1990s when he was the editor of the New Nation newspaper.

"Zwelakhe Sisulu was a gentle and unassuming man who had the ability to focus on the important things."

The African National Congress in the Eastern Cape conveyed condolences to Sisulu's family.

"During his time with us, Comrade Sisulu potently contributed towards the growth and development of our country and his patriotic contribution dates back to the early days of his life," spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said in a statement.

In his honour, parents should teach their children progressive politics.

The presidency announced Sisulu's death earlier on Thursday.

"We have learnt with shock and sadness of the passing on of such a distinguished South African and patriot this morning," it said in a statement.

A freedom fighter and journalist, Sisulu established himself as an astute businessman after 1994. He worked as chief executive of the SA Broadcasting Corporation.

Patrick Craven, spokesperson for the Congress of SA Trade Unions, praised Sisulu as "a committed trade unionist, freedom fighter and propagandist".

"In 1980, when he was news editor of Sunday Post, he refused to give evidence against a Post reporter and was sentenced to nine months in prison."

The Young Communist League was "shocked" by his death, spokesperson Khaya Xaba said in a statement.

"Sisulu is amongst the greatest sons of the soil who used both the pen and the barrel of the gun to overthrow the apartheid regime, and can be credited as one of the few journalists who spoke truth to power."

Earlier, Sisulu's family said it was "deeply saddened" at his death.

"The precise cause of death is yet to be confirmed. He has however been suffering from complications of diabetes," the family said in statement.

Sisulu, 61, spent the past few years nurturing various business interests across Africa.

The SABC praised Sisulu's contribution to the state broadcaster during his tenure as chief executive from 1994 until 1997.

"He steered the organisation post the apartheid era and helped transform it from a state broadcaster into the public service broadcaster it is today."

Sisulu was also the founding leader of the union, the Media Workers' Association of SA.

  • omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-04 19:18

    RIP in peace baba,you lived a life of honesty and integrity.You belong to the old school of ANC leaders and your heroism contributed to freedoms enjoyed today by everyone in this country.

      rodney.overes - 2012-10-04 21:19

      HEY BABA REST IN PEACE, I will Miss YOU, you were a great man, NO man knows what you realty meant to the nation I salute you for all your hard work, but very few people know what you really did. AS A friend I will love you ALWAYS.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-10-04 19:27

    Pity that the good ones are dying

      rodney.overes - 2012-10-04 21:22


  • nic.davis.733 - 2012-10-04 19:30

    RIP madala. South Africa is poorer for losing kind, considerate and intelligent souls like you.

      rodney.overes - 2012-10-04 21:26

      HE was a MAN like you will not find easy, Its a pity as we need 100-000000 of hi kind.

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-10-04 20:09

    How very sad. Condolences to the Sisulu Family.

  • godfried.kruger.9 - 2012-10-04 20:55

    RIP Condolences to his family

  • dawn.ingle.96 - 2012-10-04 21:13

    What a great loss to the country. Zwelakhe followed in the footsteps of his wonderful parents, Walter and Albertina Sisulu. Great and humble people, who served their people with integrity. Unlike the arrogant ANC leaders of today who are consumed with their own importance, and have no regard for the terrible poverty which exists in South Africa, but instead are concerned only with self enrichment and scandalous misuse of taxpayers money. RIP Zwelakhe and sincere condolences to the Sisulu family.

  • makoena.mmakoena - 2012-10-04 22:19

    rest in peace baba

  • masego.shongwe.7 - 2012-10-05 08:04

    haai!!! Zakhele you need help, Rest in peace baba Sisulu.

  • dawiefourie082 - 2012-10-05 20:14

    Funny to see how people make this a issue ...another black soul dies it's in the news...but when thousands of white farmers, victims of black on white crimes dies its nothing...Pathetic...Who care's who this idiot was and what he did....??

      vuyelwa.sisulu - 2012-10-08 09:10

      I care.. a$$hole!

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