Monday, January 28, 2008

Tributes for SADTU stalwart

By Chanel September
28 January 2008

Tributes have been pouring in for the deputy general-secretary of South African Democratic Teachers’ Union, Don Pasquallie.

Pasquallie, his brother Alfredo and three other men died in a car accident early on Sunday morning in Napier, near Bredasdorp.

Sadtu has conveyed their condolences to the family of Pasquallie, calling him a stalwart in the union. That has made a huge impact on education in this country.

Pasquallie served SADTU in various positions for the last 15 years including Branch Chairperson, National Negotiator, Provincial Secretary and National Deputy General Secretary.

"He was a fine servant of the workers and the trade union movement. He gained enormous respect for his hard work and dedication for large role in the last year’s public servants strike,” says Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven.

“Education Mininster, Naledi Pandor says that she is deeply saddened by Don Pasquallie’s death. He was a highly respected unionist and leader whose career spans in the most important years of transformation in education,” says National Education spokesperson Lunga Nqugelele.

“We are shocked and saddened by the death of Pasquallie. He is a great loss to the working class struggle,” says Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa spokesperson Asanda Fongqo.

Meanwhile a memorial service is currently underway for the unionist. Pasquallie is survived by his wife Gerna and three daughters Garcia, Bianca and Carla.

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