Judge Fikile Bam dies

2011-12-18 22:30

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma and government sent their condolences to Judge Fikile Bam's family on Sunday.

The 74-year-old Judge President of the Land Claims Court died in the Milpark Hospital on Sunday morning.

Zuma and the Cabinet were mourning the death of a political veteran who was committed to the liberation struggle and the defence of the rights of the poorest of the poor, Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said in a statement.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate and extended family of Judge Bam as well as the many friends and professional associates he made in South Africa and abroad over many decades," said Manyi.

SA History Online records Bam as born on 18 July 1937, in Tsolo in the Eastern Cape. He attended St Peter's Secondary School from 1956, and went on to study law at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1960.

Bam was served on the Goldstone Commission from 1992 to 1993 and was an judge in the supreme courts of both South Africa and the then independent Transkei.

He served as a mediator for the Independent Electoral Committee in 1994, when the first democratic elections took place in South Africa.

  • mlondozi - 2011-12-19 02:56

    Condolences to all friends and family of Judge Bam. Another of the old school has left us.

  • Van - 2011-12-19 04:49

    What a bammer! No wonder the land claims are not going anywhere.

      Snoopsy - 2011-12-19 08:24


      Liezl Opperman - 2011-12-19 09:05

      Judge Bam was a wonderful and loving person. He was an amazing Judge President and will be missed by everyone at Court immensely. Your comment is a sign of no empathy to the ones who suffers from this great loss.. Don't comment if you don't know what its all about.

  • Johan - 2011-12-19 08:41

    .........his life has spilt... Now R153.95 Johannesburg - President........ What does this mean. Bad editing?

  • Liezl Opperman - 2011-12-19 09:14

    It"s truly a sad sad day.. Judge Bam was a wonderful and loving person. He was an amazing Judge President and will be missed by everyone at Court immensely. I feel extremely blessed to have known such a caring man, an example to so many South Africans out there. After a long sick bed we bid you farewell Judge Ficks.. We will miss you!!

      Natacha De Matos Murad - 2011-12-22 23:42

      Hi Liezl, We do not know each other but I too worked for many years for Judge Bam and know just as well what a wonderful person he was. I left the Land Claims Court about 11 years ago and over the years I simply lost touch with both him as well as his family which sadness me even more now on his passing. I was wondering if you might be able to help me with contact information for Mrs Bam, Chuma/Timothy, Hlope so that I too may pass on my heart felt condolences. Any assistance in this regard will be greatly appreciated. Kind regards Natacha

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