JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) said on Tuesday that it was saddened by the death of party veteran Achmat Semaar.
"Comrade Semaar, 72, was distinguished as a cadre of the movement who dedicated his entire life to the struggle of the people," said ANC acting national spokesperson Dakota Legoete.
"He joined the struggle at an early age and was active in various structures of the ANC underground, Mass Democratic Movement and the United Democratic Front."
The ANC said Semaar's core activist work was within the Mitchells Plain community in the Western Cape, where he was committed to working to unite South Africans and build a non-racial country.
"This is a giant who never, at any stage, compromised the principles and ideals of the Mass Democratic Movement."
A father of six children and grandfather to 14, Semaar was an activist for most of his life and never lived far from or stopped caring and fighting for ordinary people, the ANC in the Western Cape said.