Former Progressive Party MP Rupert Lorimer has died.
His daughter, Kate Lorimer, tweeted that her father died in his sleep. He was 87. Kate described him as the last of the 1974 "Magnificent Liberals".
She also tweeted that her father loved South Africa, and would be remembered for fighting for what was right.
Our father, Rupert John Lorimer died peacefully early this morning at the age of 87. Actor, stage manager, builder, entrepreneur, politician, peacemaker, loving father and devoted husband. The last of his siblings and the last of the 1974 “Magnificent Seven” liberals. pic.twitter.com/rTmAP54iTH— Kate Lorimer (@Kate_Lorimer) January 3, 2019
He loved South Africa, understood and respected all South Africans and believed that all of us could be better and could be great. He devoted his life to making it happen and will be remembered for fighting for what is right.— Kate Lorimer (@Kate_Lorimer) January 3, 2019
In a statement issued on Thursday, the DA said Lorimer was elected as an MP in 1974, joining Helen Suzman to fight the apartheid government.
"The DA is deeply saddened by the passing of the great liberal stalwart, Rupert Lorimer," DA national spokesperson Refiloe Nt'Sekhe said.
"We send our heartfelt condolences to Lorimer's family and loved ones during this difficult time."
Nt'Sekhe said that his courage and passion would not be forgotten, and that the DA would continue to fight for his enduring legacy.
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