South Africa’s anti-apartheid activist Paul David dead at 79

South Africa’s anti-apartheid activist Paul David has died at the age 79, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed in a statement on Saturday. Paul David passed away on Thursday August 13, 2020.

“The passing of Paul David as the last member of the Consulate Six is a great loss to our country and especially to the people of KwaZulu-Natal alongside whom he exerted himself in the trenches of struggle,” President Ramaphosa said.

“The President’s thoughts are with the David family and the extensive network of friends and activists of the late veteran,” the presidency said in a statement.

David was an anti-apartheid activist and member of the Natal Indian Congress as well as the United Democratic Front. During his university days, he served on the student representative council of the University of Natal, alongside Steve Bantu Biko.

He also was involved in the Release Mandela Campaign. He was also part of the Consulate Six, a group of activists who were sheltered by the British Consulate in Durban in 1984 while police were searching for the group.

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