Neville Alexander dies aged 75

2012-08-27 12:17

Cape Town - Former revolutionary and struggle hero Dr Neville Alexander has died at the age of 75, according to reports on Monday.

Alexander, who was imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela for 10 years on a charge of conspiracy to commit sabotatge, was best known as a proponent of a multilingual South Africa. He was a co-founder of the National Liberation Front and a director of the South African Committee for Higher Education.

University of the Free State rector Professor Jonathan Jansen paid tribute to Alexander on Twitter, saying: "One of South Africa's few true revolutionaries just died; activist and intellectual, Dr Neville Alexander."

Author and columnist Max du Preez also paid tribute on Twitter: "Neville Alexander was one of the greatest sons of our soil, a man of great integrity & bravery and an unusual intellect."

Alexander was born in Cradock in the Eastern Cape in 1936.

- Wikipeda entry.

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-08-27 12:26

    He was an intellectual writer.I enjoyed his articles at UCT

  • arnold.mushwana - 2012-08-27 12:26

    The harmonization of South African langauges (Swati, Xhosa, Ndebele and Zulu) was one of his proposal to SA government.

  • brigitte.e.smit - 2012-08-27 12:41

    What an honour to be one of his students at the University of Stellenbosch. \r\nLegend. Giant. Rest in Peace. Sad day for our country.

  • herman.lategan.3 - 2012-08-27 13:10

    A great man, a great loss.

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-08-27 13:23

      Did he walk on the moon too?

  • david.lebethe - 2012-08-27 13:12

    We in the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) remember him for contributions he had made in the political discourse of this country. Pity that his contributions and those of his contemporaries in the National Front were systematically destroyed by both Apartheid system and subsystem (UDF), whose intervention contributed to destruction of this our beautiful country. Our people are living example of that destruction. May his soul rest in peace.

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-08-27 13:49

      You're confused, David. The destruction of this beautiful country is happening NOW. 2012. Stop blaming the past and start working. Use your vote a bit more wisely than has been done in the past and make a difference to one of the most beautiful (but troubled) countries. Get rid of nepotism. Get rid of favours for friends. Get rid of corrupt thieves in government. Make South Africa great!

  • owen.mshengu.sharif - 2012-08-27 15:44

    It's sad that many educated South Africans are oblivious of many of those who played integral parts in The Struggle. People like Neville Alexander, Phyllis and Shanti Naidoo, Strini Moodley, Saths Cooper ... SASO, BPC/BCM, AZAPO and others are and will always be icons of South Africa's hero's - for all - regardless of colour, ethnicity, gender, creed. May their roles and sacrifices never be forgotten ... for we must never forget out past if we are to be successful in in our future ... A Place in the Sun for All. owen_mshengu_sharif

  • seetelo.mosimaneotsile - 2012-08-27 16:01

    One of the greatest-sons of the soil gone...,he lived and left a very-visible mark.REST IN PEACE!!!

  • thabo.swafo - 2012-08-28 21:22

    Rest in peace cde Neville Alexander,an icon,true revolutionary,a robben islander and intellectual.We will miss you.

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