Desmond, champ of justice, dies

ND cosmos dies Ex-QDMS Cosmas Desmond

“He championed the cause of justice.”

This was the common thread in how former Durban Catholic priest and human rights activist Cosmas Desmond would be remembered.

Desmond, 76, died of an Alzheimer’s-related disease on Saturday.

“Throughout his time in SA and England, he abhorred any injustice and wrongdoing. During his early years, the plight of those forcibly removed was close to his heart – later, it was children,” said his wife of 39 years, Snoeks Desmond.

The publishing of his book, The Discarded People (about removals) led to his being banned for five years and house arrest.

Desmond served as the British director of Amnesty International while in London.

His requiem mass is at 2.30pm on Tuesday at Nazareth House in Mazisi Kunene Road (South Ridge) Road.

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