South African struggle icon and author of ”Waiting To Live” and ”Prisms Of Light” Merwe Ramgobin has died.
He died on Monday night after a prolonged illness. Ramgobin would have turned 84 next month.
Until his death two days ago, a family spokesperson admitted the icon was doing well in the hospital, having been in a Cape Town hospital bed since October 8.
During his days in the political arena, Ramgobin was the founding treasurer of the United Democratic Front in 1983 and was charged with treason in 1985.
Ramgobin’s political prowess was also felt during his days in Parliament; when he was an African National Congress (ANC) member of Parliament.
Until his exit from the ANC in 2009, the anti-apartheid activist was well-known in the ruling party’s camp for his struggle for liberation and a fierce battle against racial discrimination. He was also the founder of Centre for Learning of Ubuntu and Chairperson of Phoenix Settlement Trust‚ founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1904.
Merwe Ramgobin Escapes Death
During apartheid, Ramgobin was banned for 17 years and house arrested for 12 years. In 1973, his young family escaped death when a parcel bomb was sent to him.
The struggle icon was among the first to summon a meeting for the release of comrade Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners, convening and chairing the Committee for Clemency in 1971.
Sending his thoughts to Ramgobin’s family, President Zuma said, “The country has lost one of its instrumental human rights and political activists in the past decades; who dedicated a great deal of his life to the struggle for liberation and fiercely fought racial discrimination.”
Zuma, in addition, conveyed his deepest condolences to the Ramgobin family and equally prayed for his soul to rest in peace.
Merwe Ramgobin left behind his lovely wife cum human rights activist Ela Gandhi. The family is yet to announce his funeral details.