Thursday, October 29, 2009

Influential Muslim leader and anti-apartheid activist dies


Image courtesy of Voice of the Cape

By Kim Saulse
29 October 2009

Respected Muslim leader and anti-apartheid activist Imam Gassan Solomon died yesterday afternoon after a losing battle with cancer.

Solomon had been diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year. Chemo and radiation therapy proved unsuccessful, causing the cancer to spread to his bones, which led to the onset of organ failure.

Solomon, a recognised political activist was a member of the UDF and also an ANC MP. He was imam at the Claremont Main Road mosque and also a former administrator of the Muslim Judicial Council.

His son,Naaser, said the family was coping well given the circumstances.

“Fortunately for us we have a big family, lots of brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, so the support is there.

“We were mentally prepared, because he was sick for a while. In a way we are relieved because there is closure now and we believe he is in a better place,” said Nasser.

Imam Gassan Solomon will be laid to rest today at the Constantia Cemetery in Spaanschemat Road at midday.

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