Former International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim has died at the age of 84.

The ANC, Ebrahim’s political home, says in a statement that he passed away after a long illness, at his home in Johannesburg.

Ebrahim joined the anti-apartheid struggle in his teens and served 18 years in two spells on Robben Island where he shared a cell with former president Jacob Zuma.

Ebrahim also worked tirelessly on peace initiatives around the world.

The ANC says: “Comrade Ebi, as he was affectionately known, was a longstanding member of the ANC, a patriot who served his country in different capacities with humility, dedication and distinction.”

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife Shannon, and their children Sarah and Caden, as well as their extended family, friends and comrades.”

Messages of condolences:

RIP comrade Ebrahim Ebrahim a true & fearless voice for Palestine, a loving husband and loving father. Hamba Kahle Mkhonto๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ’” pic.twitter.com/oX8bHc1jMP