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Honouring a late struggle stalwart

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Patti Olckers, KMPSS director; Rev Joy Kronenberg; facility manager Florence Burger and deputy director of primary health care at KMPSS Zethu Xapile. PHOTO: SAmantha lee-jacobs
Patti Olckers, KMPSS director; Rev Joy Kronenberg; facility manager Florence Burger and deputy director of primary health care at KMPSS Zethu Xapile. PHOTO: SAmantha lee-jacobs

In remembering and celebrating Dr Abdulla Abdurahman and his role in freedom fighting, a South African expat has written a book about his life.

The biography-based book, penned by Martin Plaut who now resides in the United Kingdom (UK), is based on Abdurahman and his crusade for justice, and the role he played in communities for people of colour.

Plaut contacted Rev Joy Kronenberg of the Moravian Church to assist in handing over the book to key organisations in the area to help raise awareness of the important role he played.

Kronenberg then contacted the management of the Klipfontein Mitchell’s Plain substructure to hand over copies of the book to the Dr Abdurahman clinic in Kewtown. This was fitting as the clinic aimed to remember him for the role he played.

Abdurahman was the first man of colour to be elected as a city councillor and was the father of activist Cissy Gool, who went on to be the first person of colour to obtain a degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Adburahman was the grandson of black slaves and he studied medicine in Scotland, before returning to South Africa to become a political activist.

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