Thursday, June 23, 2011

Asmal memorial services being arranged

By Lelethu Mquqo
24 June 2011


Tributes keep pouring in for ANC stalwart and former Cabinet minister Kader Asmal after his death in Cape Town at the age of 76.

Several dignitaries, including Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Planning Minister Trevor Manuel visited the family home in Rosebank this morning to extend their sympathies.

Asmal spent many years in exile in Ireland and the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore also expressed his sadness over the great man’s passing.

United Stated ambassador Donald Gips says his country honours Asmal’s work fighting the injustice of apartheid and his role in building a democratic South Africa.

In Pretoria, Home Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa delivered Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s tribute.

She says Asmal was no armchair critic.

He contributed significantly to the development of South Africa’s Constitution, hailed as among the best in the world.The Asmal family has announced that they will honour his wish for a private cremation.

The Presidency is consulting with the family about public memorial services in his honour.

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