Statement of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation on the passing of Professor Ben Turok.

December 09, 2019

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation has learnt with deep sadness of the passing of ANC Veteran and Stalwart, Professor Ben Turok.

An outstanding South African and African, Professor Turok dedicated more than seven decades of his life to the fight against Apartheid, the eradication of its legacy and the building of the new democracy.

A formidable mind, Prof Turok was also an exemplary member of our democratic parliament for over two decades, living an indelible mark worthy of emulation by current and future representatives of the people.

As our country continues to grapple with what are truly immense challenges, we are saddened by the fact that we will no longer enjoy the privilege of drawing on Prof Turok’s wisdom, guidance and vigilance.

We hope that all those of us who remain will draw the necessary lesson of principled loyalty to the cause of the people from the life and work of Prof Turok and his generation.

The Patron of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, President Thabo Mbeki, the Board and staff would like to convey their deepest condolences to Mrs Mary Turok and the rest of the Turok family as well as his movement, the ANC.

May Prof Turok rest in eternal peace!

Issued by the Thabo Mbeki Foundation

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