The memorial service for Professor Jakes Gerwel
was held at the University of the Western Cape today.
Professor Gerwel passed at the age of 66 in
hospital on Wednesday morning.
Among the dignitaries present at the
service were the Former President FW De Klerk, Graca Machell, Ahmed Kathrada
and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Trevor Manuel the Minister in Presidency
described Jakes as the man who was a pillar of strength to Nelson Mandela.
Njabulo Ndebele an old time friend of Jakes,
described Jakes as a leader, an academic, activist and a friend.
The University of the Western Cape said the country
is poor for Jakes` passing.
UWC`s Brian O`Connell said the university
propose a Jakes Gerwel commemoration Bursary in his honour.
Gerwel has served as the Rector and
vice-chancellor at the University of the Western Cape, and the Director
General of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Andre Odendaal from Cricket South Africa described him as an
example to many for his tireless efforts in trying to ensure that youth
participate in cricket.
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