‘SA has lost a giant’- Mandela foundation’s Hatang pays tribute to Bloch
Graeme Bloch, who was also an education specialist professor, died on Friday at the Constantiaberg hospital in Cape Town following a long illness.
JOHANNESBURG – The Nelson Mandela Foundation has paid tribute to the late struggle icon Graeme Bloch, saying the country has lost a giant.
Bloch, who was also an education specialist professor, died on Friday at the Constantiaberg hospital in Cape Town following a long illness. He was 65.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation’s chief executive officer Sello Hatang said Bloch will be missed by many.
“Graeme was one of those people who were very close to us as a friend and trusted advisor. Madiba held him, and his wife Cheryl Carolus, in high regard. Our thoughts are with you Mme Cheryl, and the broader family at this most difficult time.”
It was with great sadness that the Nelson Mandela Foundation heard of Graeme Blochs passing. He and his life partner Cheryl Carolus have supported us from inception, as friends and trusted advisers, and were always held in high regard by Madiba.https://t.co/4gLr2gMjdm pic.twitter.com/BOKwms8UL0NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) April 10, 2021
At the same time, in a tribute to Bloch on Friday, the African National Congress in the Western Cape said that he came from a family of activists and was one of those activists who epitomised the non-racial character of the liberation struggle.
Like his wife, he was detained and banned without trial by the apartheid regime because of his fight for a just, non-sexist, non-racial and free South Africa.