The South African Communist Party (SACP) will observe the 25th annual Joe Slovo commemoration at the Avalon Cemetery in Soweto on Monday.

Joe Slovo died on this day in 1995. At the time, he served as Minister of Housing in the first administration of a democratic South Africa under the late President Nelson Mandela.

Slovo also participated in the drafting of the Freedom Charter in 1955 and later became the Chief of Staff of the African National Congress (ANC) armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe.

At the first Consultative Conference of the ANC held in Zambia in 1985, he became the first white person to be elected into the National Executive Committee of the ANC.

Slovo also served as the SACP General Secretary from 1986 to 1991 before the late Chris Hani took over.