President Zuma sends condolences to family of late struggle activist
President Jacob Zuma has extended his deepest condolences to the family of former African National Congress (ANC) member of parliament and struggle icon Mewa Ramgobin‚ who died on Monday night after a prolonged illness.
The former Natal Indian Congress president and author of ‘’Waiting To Live’’ and ‘’Prisms Of Light’’ would have turned 84 on November 10.
Ramgobin‚ who married human rights activist Ela Gandhi‚ was among the first supporters of the Release Mandela campaign. He was banned for 17 years‚ placed under house arrest for 12 years and charged for treason in 1985 whilst he was a member of the United Democratic Front.
He was an ANC MP until 2009. He was also the founder of Centre for Learning of Ubuntu and Chairperson of Phoenix Settlement Trust‚ founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1904.
"The country has lost one of its instrumental human rights and political activists in the past decades who dedicated a great deal of his life to the struggle for liberation and fiercely fought racial discrimination. We wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Ramgobin family and may his soul rest in peace‚" President Zuma said on Wednesday.