Struggle icon Ebrahim Ebrahim laid to rest

The former Robben Island prisoner - who later became the Deputy Minister of International Relations - served on many structures of the ANC and was a member of the NEC for 26 years.

Struggle icon Ebrahim Ebrahim. Picture: Phumla Williams/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The late struggle icon Ebrahim Ebrahim is being laid to rest in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.

He passed away at his Johannesburg home after a long illness at the age of 84 on Monday.

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The former Robben Island prisoner, who later became the deputy minister of International Relations, served on many structures of the ANC and was a member of the NEC for 26 years.

Ebrahim joined the liberation movement as a youth activist in 1952.

Acting President David Mabuza joined President Cyril Ramaphosa in conveying his condolences and has granted a special provincial official funeral.

"In this regard the national flag will be flown at half-mast at every station in the country until the evening of the burial. In his own words the Acting President has said that on behalf of government and the people of South Africa we wish to convey our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Mr Ebrahim Ebrahim," said Mabuza's spokesperson Sam Bopape.