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Gallery: Prof Jakes Gerwel dies

Politics

Professor Jakes Gerwel died in at the Kuilsriver Hospital in Cape Town after he underwent heart surgery.

Jakes Gerwel was a well-known figure in South Africa's political history and in his later years, he chaired and was on the board of major organisations and corporations. His early life's work was mostly as an academic in roles which included educational adviser to the SA Students' Organisation, as a lecturer, as chancellor of Rhodes University, and later as rector of the University of the Western Cape. He was also director general in the office of former president Nelson Mandela.

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Young dancer, Keith, hands over photograph of himself in dancing togs to Professor Jakes Gerwel (gift to Madiba who organised funds for Keith to fly to USA).  Picture: Hannes Thiart.Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the UWC campus walks with Jakes Gerwel during student protests on the campus.Former Irish president Mary Robinson, Mayor Patricia de Lille and Jakes Gerwel on the balcony at the city hall.  Picture: Cindy WaxaBarry Gilder in conversation with Chancellor of Rhodes University Professor Jakes Gerwel during the launch of his book Songs and Secrets at the Book Lounge in Cape Town. Picture: Leon LestradeSouth African President, Nelson Mandela, center, with Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar bin Sultan, left, and Jakes Gerwel, right, a top official in Mandela's office at an award ceremony in Cape Town.Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, former presidency director-general Jakes Gerwel and former president Nelson Mandela at the funeral of Mandela's sister Notancu Mabel Timakwe at Xwili in Transkei.Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Jakes Gerwel and Nelson Mandela attend the funeral of Dullar Omar.President Mandela presents the order of good hope to Prof. Jakes Gerwel and Prince Bandar bin sultan bin abdulaziz al-Saud, ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Washington.  Pic: Alan TaylorThe launch of the book, Grape, co-written by Jeanne Viall, Wilmot James and Jakes Gerwel, was hosted at the To Dear Me restaurant in Long Market Street. Photo: Jason BoudArchbishop Desmond Tutu squares up to policemen as he heads a march in Cape Town with, on his right, Franklin Sonn, and at left, Jakes Gerwel.

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