Phillip Tobias mentored the world - Mbeki
Professor Phillip Tobias was laid to rest at the West Park Jewish Cemetery on Sunday.
JOHANNESBURG - Professor Phillip Tobias was laid to rest at the West Park Jewish Cemetery in Johannesburg on Sunday.
The renowned academic and scientist, aged 86, died after a long illness on Thursday.
He dedicated his life to the study of human ancestry at Wits University and the Cradle of Humankind.
Tobias was given a traditional Jewish send-off.
Academics and politicians, including former President Thabo Mbeki and cabinet ministers Tokyo Sexwale and Naledi Pandor, attended the funeral.
Tobias was buried in a simple coffin which had his name handwritten in blue.
After the funeral procession, Mbeki hailed the three-time Nobel Prize nominee as a great human being.
He said Tobias not only taught students at Wits University to apply they minds, but also mentored the world.
A memorial service for Tobias, one of the founding fathers of palaeoanthropology, will be held at Wits University next week, its spokesperson Shirona Patel said.