Statement by ACDP Spokesperson, Raymond Tlaeli

Issued by the ACDP Parliamentary Media Office

ACDP extends condolences to family of struggle stalwart Essop Pahad

Jul 7, 2023

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) extends its condolences to the friends and family of anti-apartheid activist Mr Essop Pahad who has passed on at the age of 84.

Mr Pahad, who was born in Schweizer-Reneke in the former Transvaal Province, served as Minister in the Presidency from 1999 to 2008, and will be remembered as a pragmatic struggle stalwart, who had a keen interest in history.

He held degrees from both the University of the Witwatersrand, and the University of Sussex, and had a true passion for politics. He completed a PhD in history, with his thesis titled “The Development of Indian Political Movements in South Africa 1924 – 1946”.

We are grateful to Mr Pahad for his commitment in the fight for freedom in South Africa, and for his service to our people.

May his soul rest in peace.


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