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Ramaphosa: Ntate Nkadimeng was unwavering champion of workers’ rights

Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy at Nkadimeng's funeral which took place in Johannesburg.

President Cyril Ramaphosa at teh funeral of struggle stalwart John Nkadimeng on Friday, 14 August 2020. Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy at the special official funeral which was held in Johannesburg. Picture: GCIS/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa has described struggle stalwart John Nkadimeng as an unwavering champion of workers’ rights and someone who was influential in changing their lives.

Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy at Nkadimeng's funeral which took place in Johannesburg.

He died last week at the age of 93.

The struggle stalwart was bestowed with the honour of isiThwalwande last year and was laid to rest at the Westpark Cemetery on Friday.

Nkadimeng was among the 156 congress activists who were detained during the defiance campaign in 1952 and charged with treason in the 1956 treason trial.

Ramaphosa said the veteran's passing marks the extinguishing of another light in a glorious generation.

He paid tribute to Nkadimeng for his human rights activism and the sacrifices he made for freedom.

Ramaphosa said that Nkadimeng played a pivotal role in making the ANC a militant movement that fought for freedom.

“As a volunteer in the Defiance Campaign in 1952 and as a leading organiser of the Congress of the People in 1955, as a member of the Transvaal ANC executive and later the ANC National Executive, Ntate Nkadimeng was a vital part of the generation that transformed the ANC into a militant, mass movement and thereby changed the course of our history,” Ramaphosa said.

WATCH: Special Official funeral of John Nkadimeng

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