Kader Asmal cremated in Cape Town

2011-06-25 16:36

Johannesburg - ANC stalwart Kader Asmal was cremated in Maitland, Cape Town on Saturday, SABC news reported.

His cremation service was conducted by the rector of the Western Cape, Brian o' Connor.

Close friends were arriving at the Asmal home in Rosebank, Johannesburg, to pay their last respects.

The Star reported on Friday that a dispute in Asmal's family as to whether he should be buried or cremated was resolved.

Asmal was born into a conservative Muslim family, whose customs dictate that a person be buried shortly after death.

Asmal's wife, however, said he favoured cremation.

His nephew, Farouk Asmal, and sister Fawzia Peer, on Thursday requested that he be buried according to Muslim rites, and the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) was called on to mediate.

"We are totally against the fact that he is going to be cremated but, according to his wife, this is what he wanted," said Peer.

She said that Asmal, his wife and two sons were agnostic.

MJC spokesperson Nabeweya Malik said: "The burial is the prerogative of the family, and they have made a decision to cremate... if that is his decision, the MJC respects it..."

Asmal died at the age of 76 in hospital in Cape Town on Wednesday after having a heart attack on Tuesday.

He was the minister of water affairs and forestry from 1994, a member of the ANC's national executive committee, and education minister from 1999.

  • bhajia - 2011-06-25 16:55

    Really, someone should be sub-editing your material before it is posted on the website. "His cremation service was conducted by the rector of the Western Cape, Brian o'Connor." It should read: "UNIVERSITY of the Western Cape, Brian O'CONNELL." And it is supposed to be Rosebank, CAPE TOWN; not Johannesburg.

      gizzy - 2011-06-25 19:33

      I was also confused with Rosebank, Johannesburg. Considering he died at Constantiaberg Hospital in Cape Town and was cremated at the Maitland cremitorium. And to top it all he lives in Cape Town. News24 don't know that so shhhhhhhh!!!

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-25 17:21

    Up in smoke, just like my dad. Go well, Kader. Condolences to the family. Far better to be cremated in this cold weather.

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-06-25 17:36

    RIP Kader.

  • shadstar - 2011-06-25 17:48

    RIP Comrade

  • ???? - 2011-06-25 17:58

    Go well Kader

  • copa - 2011-06-26 08:13

    Whip Fawzia Peer are you a practising Muslim? Its rich of you wanting the burial to follow Muslim rites. Are you following your religion? No you have a sexual relationship outside your marriage, and yet you can talk about Muslim rites.

      swory - 2011-06-26 10:21

      Yeah, Mrs Peer you are a fine example indeed to talk about Muslim rites. Let the man rest in peace. Concentrate on your relationship outside your marriage. I work for KZN municipality I know I see your behaviour you no Muslim to behave like that.

  • ZZNI - 2011-06-26 13:28

    That hotie Fawzia Peer playing all innocent. This is no muslim female.

  • ALCAB - 2011-06-26 17:56

    Do they not respect his wife's and sons' request ?

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