Relentless advocate for human rights

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Kader Asmal was a principled man and human rights champion. Photo: Steve Eggington
Kader Asmal was a principled man and human rights champion. Photo: Steve Eggington

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With an unshakeable commitment to principled positions on the universality of human rights and the rule of law, he often epitomised the conscience of both the ANC and government, which he served from 1994 to 2004.

Former colleagues remember him as being the only one who assiduously read all Cabinet documents. He had a nuanced understanding of every issue, and was unafraid of expressing his views, often to the embarrassment of his colleagues whose line responsibility it was.

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