Judge Essa Moosa passed away on Sunday. Picture: Gcina Ndwalane

Johannesburg – The Portfolio Committee on Police on Monday marked the passing of renowned Judge Essa Moosa, who died on Sunday after a long illness.

Committee Chairperson, Francois Beukman, said: "Judge Moosa was a South African of immense integrity who dedicated his life to human rights and the establishment of a new and democratic South Africa. The human rights fraternity in South Africa has lost a very dedicated advocate."

Beukman said the committee had had regular interactions with Moosa, as he was responsible for the complaints mechanisms of the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (DPCI).

"Throughout our numerous interactions with Judge Moosa, he displayed characteristics of an outstanding citizen, an example to many human rights advocates. His role in the achievement of a democratic and human rights-oriented South Africa cannot be overemphasised," said Beukman.

Beukman said members of the Police Committee would have an opportunity to commemorate his contribution to the Office of the (DPCI) during the committee meeting on Wednesday and convey their condolences to Judge Moosa's family and friends.