Friday, June 24, 2011

Asmal granted official funeral

By Lelethu Mquqo
24 June 2011


President Jacob Zuma has granted former Cabinet minister Kader Asmal an Official Funeral Category 1.

The category is reserved for distinguished persons specifically designated by the President.

The country will observe national days of mourning from today until the evening of cremation, with all national flags flying at half-mast.

Further details of public memorial services are yet to be finalised.

Yesterday’s tributes to Asmal included one by U2 lead singer Bono.

He says while Asmal lived in Dublin, Ireland, in exile, his head and his heart remained in his beloved South Africa.

The singer remarks that long after the end of apartheid, Asmal remained restless with the pace of change.

Bono says even while battling cancer, he never once heard Asmal complain about his own failing health.

He was simply not interested in that.

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