Political parties have reacted to the passing of Professor Ben Turok, an ANC stalwart and anti-apartheid activist. He passed away at the age of 92.

Who is Prof Ben Turok?

Ben Turok, born in 1927, played a vital role in the drafting of the Freedom Charter. He was revered as an anti-apartheid activist who fought alongside struggle veterans of the ANC against the old South African anti-black regime.

In a statement, President Cyril Ramaphosa described Ben Turok as “a principled freedom fighter, dedicated to non-racialism and the unity of our nation and of our liberation movement.”

“Personally and politically, Professor Turok conducted himself strictly in accordance with the values of our democratic Constitution and made invaluable contributions to debates on questions of national importance. He leaves a big void and an equally formidable legacy. He will be greatly missed,

Political parties send condolences to Turok family

Political parties have since offered their condolences to the family of Ben Turok, as he is survived by his spouse, Mary, and their children Ivan, Fred and Neil.

The EFF rembered Turok as a man who “stood with [the] utmost integrity including when it threatened his own political career.”

“Ben Turok was a formidable thinker within the congress movement and always committed to a left perspective in the broader political ideological continuum.”

Economic Freedom Fighters

The DA’s John Steenhuisen, on behalf of the party, also published his statement of condolonces, describing the stalwart as a man ” committed to a fair and equal South Africa.”

“Turok dedicated his life to equality as well as the freedom and liberation of the South African people at a time when it would have been easier for him to remain silent.

“He served his country with humility and principle and always spoke truth to power, whether is was during the oppressive apartheid era or our new democratic dispensation – he was fearless in his pursuit to ensure that South Africa was a better place for all who live in it,” Steenhuisen wrote.

Turok’s burial arrangements have not yet been confirmed.

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Presh JM Reporter

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