Cape Town -

A memorial service will be held for Professor Jakes Gerwel on Saturday afternoon, it was reported.

The service will be held at the University of the Western Cape, reported the SABC.

Gerwel, 66, died in the Kuils River Hospital, in the Western Cape on Wednesday.

He has been described as an outstanding academic, respected politician and businessman who was passionate about education.

Gerwel became the rector and vice chancellor of the university in 1987.

“He was an inspiring teacher, pioneering new approaches to his discipline of literary studies. At the same time, he was fully engaged in intellectual and practical ways with the struggle for freedom,” said university spokesman Luthando Tyhalibongo. - Sapa