Human Settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s dear husband, Professor Rok Ajulu, has died after a long illness.
Sisulu’s husband Professor Ajulu died from complications linked to pancreatic cancer at Meulmed Hospital in Pretoria on Monday, December 26.
His death was announced by the former speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu’s son, Shaka on Twitter.
According to the family, Ajulu was an ardent anti-Apartheid activist; Pan-Africanist and political activist. He was also said to have led the African student movement against Apartheid while studying at the National University of Lesotho (famously known as Roma).
Until the time of his death, the professor was a lecturer in Politics and Internal Relations. He also taught at the National University of Lesotho, Leeds University, Rhodes University, and University of the Witswatersrand.
Speaking in a condolence message to Minister Sisulu on Tuesday, the African National Congress (ANC) said Ajulu was “A staunch and committed supporter of the South African liberation movement. Professor Ajulu was a passionate, articulate and ardent advocate for the liberation and freedom of the South African people.
“The African National Congress sends its most sincere condolences to comrade Lindiwe Sisulu and the Ajulu family at large on the passing of this distinguished son of the African soil. Our hearts and thoughts are with them during this painful time.”
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also took to Twitter to extend his deepest condolence to the family of Sisulu after he learnt of Ajulu’s death “with dismay and sadness”.
Kenyatta tweeted: “He was one of Kenya’s most distinguished and thoughtful academics, and a true Pan-African. We will miss him deeply. I am grateful for Professor Ajulu’s life, rich in achievements, in friendship, and in productive scholarship. I offer his family what consolation I can, and I pray that God will grant them the courage to bear the loss”
I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Hon. John Keen earlier today.
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) December 25, 2016
The Kenya-born academic and activist, met and married Minister Sisulu in exile. He is survived by Sisulu, their five children and five grandchildren.
Though the family is yet to formally announce his funeral arrangements, Buzzsouthafrica, however, learned that he will be buried in Dajo Ka Ajulu, in Bondo in Kisumu, Kenya.
Rest in peace Professor Rok Ajulu.