Tributes pour in for former PAC leader Clarence Makwetu

Makwetu died at the age of 88 in Queens Park in the Eastern Cape yesterday after a long illness.

FILE: Former PAC President Clarence Makwetu in 1994. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Tributes are pouring in for former Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) leader Clarence Makwetu.

The former Robben Island prisoner died in Queens Park in the Eastern Cape yesterday after a long illness at the age of 88.

President Jacob Zuma called him a true stalwart and freedom fighter and the Nelson Mandela Foundation hailed him a good cadre.

He led the party in the National Assembly during Nelson Mandela's presidency and was vocal about the importance of land redistribution.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation's Sello Hatang says Madiba always spoke very highly of Makwetu.

"Madiba spent seven years with Clarence Makwetu on Robben Island and he had great respect for him. He expressed his wish that all of us need to always think of good men and women that are found in our political parties."

Zuma's spokesperson Bongani Majola said, "In comrade Clarence Makwetu the nation has lost one of its true stalwarts and freedom fighters. We therefore wish to convey our deepest condolences to his family and his organisation."