Veteran politician Kader Asmal dies

2011-06-22 17:18

Cape Town - Veteran ANC politician and former education minister, Kader Asmal died on Wednesday at the age of 76, the ANC has confirmed.

Asmal served as minister of water affairs and forestry after the 1994 elections, as well as education minister from 1999.

He resigned from parliament in October 2007 in protest against the disbanding of the Scorpions crime unit.

Recently, he came out in opposition to the contentious protection of information bill, urging South Africans to reject the bill, warning that rushing it through Parliament would destroy trust in the democratic process.

  • Shelley Pembroke - 2011-06-22 17:22

    Did some amazing work. A life definitely well lived.

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-06-22 17:22

    My condolences... this is a blow for South Africa....

      Thor - 2011-06-22 17:34

      Yes in a time we need level headed leaders more than ever.

  • Darren - 2011-06-22 17:25

    a true struggle hero R.I.P commrade

  • Tommy - 2011-06-22 17:25

    One of the few good guys!

      Juggernaut - 2011-06-22 17:50

      He stuffed up education. Sorry for him personally and condolences to his direct family. In all other political respects a dismal failure that contributed to the dumbing down of SA.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-06-22 21:39

      @Juggernaut there's a time and place for everything. You don't use the death of an elderly man to score political points. That's uncultured of you.

  • JohannV - 2011-06-22 17:26

    Shame, condolences to the family. Seems he was a better person than most of his peers.

  • andile - 2011-06-22 17:26

    May his soul rest in peace. A rest well deserved.

  • Azazel - 2011-06-22 17:27

    Shame he supported the ANC zoo...

      rasool1938 - 2011-06-22 21:15

      At least he had the presence of mind to support something because from your picture you would not be out of place in the WILD.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-06-22 21:39

      Much better than the Nazional Party hellhole

  • Liza Groves - 2011-06-22 17:28

    It's so sad when such a good politician ends his life's journey. RIP Mr Asmal and condolences to family and friends.

  • cliffarc - 2011-06-22 17:29

    - Asmal's stand against a number of Anc policies was noteworthy. His stint as Minister of education however was a disaster with the introduction of the useless OBE system. Seems like were running out of 'old school' Anc politicians. Wonder if there's another state funeral on the cards, with taxpayers footing the bill ? Nonetheless , may you R.I.P

      Chewbacca - 2011-06-22 17:38

      I won't mind paying if it's Malemas

      rasool1938 - 2011-06-22 21:09

      Correction the OBE system is one of the most effective ways of learning; the timing was wrong because we inherited an education system from Apartheid which had to change because the previous system was technically flawed.We just didn't have the infrastructure and expertise to successfully implement OBE.The OBE system's greatest strength is that given enough time you are able to learn any task and perfect it.Jealousy makes you nasty.Comrade Kader Asmal's legacy will live on and become great in the future ; so give the old guy his due.What have you contributed to the upliftment in this country.

      Kameomaua - 2011-06-22 23:27

      @ RASOOL I perceive a pattern here: do you regularly scan this site at night to find someone you can smack over the knuckles - only to then add your own sour comment?? The other night you forgot that "LOAD MORE COMMENTS" means there are more hidden people you can check up on.

      jan.kotze.7 - 2012-10-04 14:56

      @ Rasool just a comment on ".. we didn't have the infrastructure ....." My question is why did they then implement it and made a TOTAL hash of it??

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  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-22 17:31

    Mmmmhm And the cause of death?

      Bosj - 2011-06-22 17:34

      he had cancer.

      rasool1938 - 2011-06-22 21:12

      Some people are just ignorant/arrogant.He had a heart attack and subsequently passed on.Do you perhaps have a literacy problem?The Prof would have put you to shame.

      Barry - 2011-06-23 12:56

      @ Martin du Plessis STOOPID

  • Slapper - 2011-06-22 17:32

    Condolences to his family and friends. He was one of the few voices of reason in the ANC.

  • sabito.shoti - 2011-06-22 17:32

    R.I.P baba Asmal

  • Zeeb - 2011-06-22 17:35

    Loss of a great man.

  • Tshegofatso - 2011-06-22 17:38

    Good work man.You will surely be remembered..

  • Kok - 2011-06-22 17:39

    Huge loss. R.I.P. Kader

  • Dullstroom Weather - 2011-06-22 17:40

    One of the few that I respected from the anc. RIP, and condolences to the family.

  • frankm - 2011-06-22 17:40

    A great life, lived well, you have made a difference to South Africa and will be missed. Condolences to the family. RIP comrade

  • jen.bader - 2011-06-22 17:42

    A gentleman who I once had the privilege of meeting, Hamba Gathle.

  • sadiemy - 2011-06-22 17:44

    Terribly sad, for his family and for the country.

  • GT - 2011-06-22 17:49

    LOvely man, met him casually on a number of occassions. A true gentleman and truer democrat. Sadly the NATS wasted 40 years fighting the cream of the ANC and left us with the dregs and know-nothing generation that followed when we needed that cream. Oh for more like Kader Asmal.

  • Martin Menge - 2011-06-22 17:49

    Today South Africa has lost a true hero and statesman. My condolences to the Asmal family

  • Andrew - 2011-06-22 17:49

    Job well done Comrade......may your soul rest in the family thank you ....for a leader.of his calibre....

  • Dave - 2011-06-22 17:50

    A voice of intelligence and reason in these crazy days of ours. RIP Kader, may your good fight not be in vain.

  • g t - 2011-06-22 17:52

    Sad news indeed. My thoughts are with his family. I respected him for his integrity. We need more Kader Asmals to better this country

  • Cliff - 2011-06-22 17:52

    Condolences to his family.He was always part of the solution never part of the problem.

  • sivuyisen - 2011-06-22 17:54

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • Tshegofatso - 2011-06-22 17:56

    Conspiracy Theorists should take a chill pill and lets mourn one of South Africa's greatest, we should also forget about the the Education system mayhem that Mme Naledi had to clean up.

  • nickwes - 2011-06-22 17:57

    One of the few intelligent 'senior' politicians that were left in the ANC. A sad day for SA.

  • Shadoz - 2011-06-22 17:57

    wow not to be nasty and my condolances to the families but these ANC poloticians are dropping like flies

  • Geo Farmer - 2011-06-22 17:58

    My condolences ..... It's a pity he was taken when the CITIZENS needed his wisdom the most.It must have been tough seeing the once righteous ANC sliding into a cesspool of corruption and mismanagement. Who will take his place?

  • Jawellnofine - 2011-06-22 18:01

    Will be missed but his intellect and inspiration will live on.

  • possum - 2011-06-22 18:06

    This was the minister who started the demise of our public education system. He succeeded!! Look at it now!

  • Allin - 2011-06-22 18:11

    He had his ups (rural water supply) and his downs (education)

  • crackerr - 2011-06-22 18:16

    He may have particularly wasted that part of his life that he devoted to trying to talk sense into the ANC against its destruction of our freedoms by means of secrecy laws. As for his other efforts while in cabinet, he wasted his efforts and time. That much is obvious. That he was probably a decent person can't be denied. This world is a cruel place. Asmal's life is an example of how cruel because he unfortunately could not have foreseen what the ANC would turn into. I listened to 702 this afternoon. Astonishinly the incompetence and dishonesty in the ANC. If only Asmal had a time radio or something in his young years to have heard what the country heard this afternoon. He would have avoided the ANC like the plague if not actively opposed it.

  • Mothusi - 2011-06-22 18:30

    Mothusi Dikwelana-it is so sad to loose on of our icons.may his soul rest in peace.We will always remember you braveryember you bravery

  • Duncan Murray - 2011-06-22 18:31

    So sad, yet another great leader from the Madiba era has left us. Soon we will be left with the Julius and Jacob's of the ANC. I pray for this country

  • The.Nthaz - 2011-06-22 18:32

    RIP Comrade ...u r already missed

  • Mxhuma - 2011-06-22 18:41

    One of the few individuals whose can easily be associated with the words integrity and honest, without contradiction.

  • Sas Kloppers - 2011-06-22 19:01

    As if it matters. He was part of the financial ruin of this once beautiful country. He couldn't cut it as minister of either education or water affairs. Good riddance.

  • Lodrick - 2011-06-22 19:14

    Am his soul rest in peace

  • supafly - 2011-06-22 19:14

    My condolences to the family of our struggle hero, Dr Asmal. Is it an irony or metaphor? i.e. Wasn’t he quoted, a few years/months ago, as saying “I truly hope l’m dead when you (Julius) become president”? Wow, talk about having a crystal ball! Say what you like, the man kept his promise. I’m careful, from now on, what l’m wishing for! Oh, come on, lighten up!

  • Mamaile - 2011-06-22 19:22

    May his soul rest in peace!!!!

  • Antowan Nothling - 2011-06-22 19:31

    He did a lot of damage to our education system in his tenure but I am sure his intentions were well intended. RIP Mr. Asmal.

      VM1 - 2011-06-22 20:21

      suka apha wena !!!!!!

  • IrishLuck - 2011-06-22 19:41

    So soon after Ma Sisulu! The real ANC stalwarts and with them, the voices of reason, are leaving us. God help us if Malema and his ilk are the future. God bless and rest in peace Kader Asmal.

  • Nomvula - 2011-06-22 20:04


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