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PPP MESSAGE OF THE PASSING OF SOUTH AFRICA'S FREEDOM FIGHTER AND REVOLUTIONARY - MAY 6, 2003


The People’s Progressive Party/Civic has learnt, with deep regret, of the passing of Walter Sisulu, one of South Africa’s and the world’s most outstanding revolutionary and freedom fighter.

At a time when apartheid was at its strongest peace loving people like Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Slovo among others refused to submit. They fought the system using peaceful means at first. When those were exhausted those peace loving men and woman were forced to turn to arms to liberate South Africa and rid the world of one of the most repugnant racist system of government.

Sisulu was one of the men who were tried at Rivonia in 1963. He was sentenced with Mandela, Brian Fisher and a host of other freedom fighters. He spent more than twenty-five years in prison for his conviction and love of freedom. Sisulu was never broken despite the terrible pressures he came under.

Freedom loving people, everywhere, today mourn his loss. This hero of the liberation movement will be greatly missed. In the words of Mandela "… his absence has carved a void …"

The PPP salutes this great champion of our times.