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.”
— African National Congress (@MYANC) December 6, 2021
“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 Mkhonto??? pic.twitter.com/oX8bHc1jMP
— #Africa4Palestine (@Africa4Pal) December 6, 2021
I just saw breaking news on the passing on of the former DM Ebrahim Ebrahim. Thank you Ebby for your contribution to this country and for mentoring me as a young underground Activist! pic.twitter.com/wzU4ChHu5A
— phumla williams (@mirriamp) December 6, 2021
– @KathradaFound another giant of the liberation struggle has fallen. Condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Ebilrahim Ebrahim. His unassuming bravery in the fight against apartheid is captured in this booklet, written by his wife Shannon(available on AKF website) pic.twitter.com/87nEMfUrvB
— Neeshanb (@Neeshanb1) December 6, 2021