Tributes are pouring in for the late activist and unionist, Mike Louw. Louw passed away from cancer in Cape Town on New Year’s Day, aged 60.

A memorial will be held for him on Thursday night in Lentegeur.

Various messages of condolences have been posted by his supporters on social media sites.

Cosatu’s provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich says he will be remembered for his great leadership qualities.

“Cosatu pays homage to an incredible contribution by Mike Louw both the workers movement and Cosatu in particular as well as the liberation movement Mike had played an incredible role and was a widely respected leader. We also send our condolences to his family who had shared his time on earth with the movement and had always supported him in all that his done,” says Ehrenreich.

NB: This report has been updated to correctly reflect Mr Louw’s biographical details.