The South African Communist Party (SACP) on Friday expressed their grief over the death of Ramón Castro Ruz, the brother of former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro. The party said the news of the passing of the comrade came as a big blow to them.
“The SACP has received with great sadness the news of the passing away of Comrade Ramón Castro Ruz, the elder brother of Comrades Fidel and Raul Castro,” the party said.
“Comrade Ramon passed away on the morning of Tuesday, 23 February, at the age of 91. The SACP sends its condolences to the entire Castro family and the people of Cuba on the sad loss.”
Ramón was one of the political prisoners sentenced during the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship regime in 1953. He worked very hard during the revolutionary struggle with the July 26th Movement and organised one of the supply networks for the Frank País Second Eastern Front.
After emerging victorious in the January 1959 Revolution, Ramon carried out a lot of activities at different levels of the agricultural sector, particularly in the fields of sugar cane production and livestock rearing.
The SACP described Ramón Castro Ruz as a true internationalist to the core. His lifetime contribution as a revolutionary, engaged in and promoting political revolution was no doubt a very important contribution to the working class struggle for socialism.
“The SACP deeps its red flag in salute of this revolutionary for his contribution in the fight against imperialism. The working class shall forever be grateful to the Castro family for having selflessly released their son, brother, father, and comrade into the struggle.”
Irrespective of the fact that he wielded little government power, Ramón Castro Ruz was a founding member of the Communist Party of Cuba and served as a deputy in the country’s parliament.