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18 October 2016
Sad Passing of ANC Stalwart and Former MP Mewa Ramgobin
The Office of the ANC Chief Whip in Parliament mourns the passing of
struggle stalwart and former ANC Member of Parliament Cde Mewa Ramgobin. Cde
Ramgobin, one of the distinguished giants of the struggle against apartheid,
passed away yesterday at the age of 84. He was amongst the first generation
of ANC deployees sent to Parliament after the historic 1994 democratic
transition, serving faithfully for 15 years until his retirement in 2009.
Cde Ramgobin was President of the Natal Indian Congress (NIC), which was
founded in 1894 by Mahatma Ghandi, a preeminent and iconic leader of the
Indian struggle for independence. In 1920 the NIC coalesced with Cape Indian
Congress and the Transvaal Indian Congress to form the South African Indian
Congress, a militant ANC ally that was instrumental in the Defiance Campaign
and Congress of the People in the 1950s - under the radical stewardship of
Dr Gangathura Mohambry Naicker and Dr Yusuf Dadoo. Cde Ramgobin, who was
married to human rights activist and granddaughter of Mahatma Ghandi, Ela,
cut his political teeth as a 17-year-old activist in the 1940s. His entire
life was committed to fighting for social justice, equality and human
rights, and was amongst the prominent campaigners for the release of Nelson
Mandela and other political prisoners. For his fierce and resolute
activism, he suffered constant harassment, numerous arrests, bans,
restrictions and attempts on his life.
An accomplished writer and former National Vice President of the Congress of
South African Writers, Cde Ramgobin marked the end of his 15 year
parliamentary tenure with the release of his book, "Prisms of Light", which
document his reflections on events and people that shaped his activism. The
launch of the book was hosted by Parliament in 2009. As a member of our
Caucus and a veteran of the Movement, Cde Ramgobin was a fountain of great
wisdom, a remarkable political educator, an inspiring counsellor and an
organic intellectual. He personified great humility, compassion and
We dip our revolutionary flag in honour of this great revolutionary and
extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and comrades.
Issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip
Moloto Mothapo, 082 370 6930
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