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Paul David Anti-apartheid Veteran Passes Away

 The funeral service of an anti-apartheid lawyer and activist Devdas Paul David was held yesterday on Thursday. The South African struggle hero died at his home in Stanger, north of Durban at the age of 79. David’s niece Zandile Qono-Reddy has confirmed that he passed away from natural causes. He was the only surviving member of the Consulate Six, the 1984 diplomatic stand-off that helped draw worldwide attention to the apartheid government’s security laws.

Discussing the legacy of Paul David is Kiru Naidoo, who worked with the late political-activist and co-authored a book with him, on the 1860 anniversary of the arrival of indentured Indian labourers to South Africa. Listen here as Kiru Naidoo spoke to Newsbreak Lotus yesterday morning,

Tributes flood in for late struggle stalwart Paul David

Mary Papayya expressed her tribute with this picture on social media platform, Facebook. She captioned it, “Another struggle veteran called to rest! RIP Uncle Paul David – UDF leader and NIC stalwart. Your sacrifice, arrest for treason in 1984, and your struggle for our freedom will always be celebrated and cherished. You led and taught – a rare commodity. You were bereft and unafraid to go forward despite the dire consequences. Thank you for what you did for my dad on his trumped up case involving the former apartheid regime and the Stanger Hospital. Thanks for being a friend to our dear Aunty Slyvia for 52 years. You will always have a special place in our hearts. Here is the one picture from my archives I took of you and Gizenga (Uncle Justice Mpanza) at the Stanger Town Hall meeting in 1990 with veteran Uncle Kader Asmal. Hamba Kahle Uncle. Condolences to your family!”

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Life long friend and political comrade former Judge Thumba Pillay says he is distraught after hearing the news that struggle stalwart Devadas Paul David passed away, just a few weeks before his 80th birthday. David died of natural causes at his home in Stanger north of Durban. He was the only surviving member of the Consulate Six, the 1984 diplomatic stand-off that helped draw worldwide attention to the apartheid government’s security laws. Judge Pillay says Davids contribution to the liberation struggle is immeasurable.

In other news, The Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society have confirmed that the case has been assigned to their office in relation to the neglect and abuse case of an 8-year-old child. Speaking to Indian Spice, social work manager Jo Moodley stated that the matter had come to their attention earlier this week after the child had been brought in to the police station, read more here

Source: Newsbreak Lotus

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