Mandela Foundation saddened by Asmal death

2011-06-22 18:50

Johannesburg - The Nelson Mandela Foundation on Wednesday expressed sadness at the death of ANC veteran, Kader Asmal, 76.

"On behalf of our founder, board of trustees and staff, we would like to express our deep sadness at the passing of Professor Kader Asmal, a lifelong fighter for freedom and justice," the foundation said in a statement.

"A close associate of our founder, Mr Nelson Mandela, professor Asmal struggled for decades in South Africa and in exile for an end to apartheid and for the achievement of a constitutional democracy in which all, regardless of gender, race or political affiliation would be regarded as equals."

Asmal died in the Constantiaberg hospital in Cape Town after having a heart attack and slipping into a coma, eNews reported.

After the first democratic election in 1994 Asmal was appointed as the minister of water affairs and forestry by Mandela.

The foundation said Asmal's voice would be missed and quoted Mandela who wrote to him on his 75th birthday.

Mandela wrote to Asmal: "While serving in our Cabinet we often referred to you as the 'Minister of all portfolios'. Although we did so in a humorous way, there was truth to it.

"Few people have the knowledge and experience to compare with you and you have become an expert on so many subjects that your wealth of knowledge is an asset to our movement and our country.

"Your 75th birthday is then also an appropriate and welcome opportunity to thank you for your friendship over the years. The sacrifices you have made and the role that you played will remain in our history books forever."

Asmal's death follows that of struggle icon Albertina Sisulu, wife of Walter Sisulu, who died on June 2.

  • Risen Ape - 2011-06-22 18:58

    Oh this is sad. One of the last decent and respected people in the ANC has died.

  • VM1 - 2011-06-22 19:05

    Hamba kakuhle Kader You have played your part and will be greatly missed Strength to the family in this sad time...

  • pieterc - 2011-06-22 19:15

    Ek het die voorreg gehad om 'n rukkie saam met Prof Kader te werk ..... hierdie ou was 'n yster. Ons het 'n groot man verloor.

  • Andrew - 2011-06-22 19:25

    A true and rare Hero and Gentleman of the struggle for human rights in our country. Blessings and condolences to his family.

  • Shivermetimb - 2011-06-22 20:13

    The passing of yet another true leader in such a short time is truly sad.

  • motsokwane - 2011-06-22 20:29

    Our icons are giving up on weekly basis.He won't be forgotten for his sacrifices.

  • Clive25 - 2011-06-23 09:28

    Malema's speech must have contributed to his heart attack. Asmal was a true leader with high moral values, he worked so hard to see the so called previously white tertiary institutes transform and the playing field leveled for the child of the farm(which by the way was stolen) worker to be able to study agricultural engeneering with the farmer sons and daughters. For that I salute you Prof, not the current crop of visionless leaders taking us back to the stone age.The only mistake Asmal made was to merge Mendunsa and Turfloop, the merger is total failure. And for most of all I respected you for choosing to retire instead of supporting the disbanding of scorpions, that is a true moral leader who faught so hard to defend our constitution. it was mamaSisulu now you.Hamba kahle umkhonto Lala ngoxolo xabane.

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