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President Ramaphosa Pays Tribute to the Late Human Rights Activist and Anti-Apartheid Campaigner Randall Robinson

President Cyril Ramaphosa offers his deep condolences to the family and friends of the late United States human rights activist and lawyer Randall Robinson who has passed away at the age of 81.

Mr Robinson was an Esteemed Member of South Africa's National Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, with which he was honoured in 2012.

He received this honour for being an integral part of the anti-apartheid movement; for his exceptional contribution to the struggle against apartheid through the Free South Africa Movement, and for the creation of a free, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.

President Ramaphosa said: "On behalf of our nation, I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and associates of Randall Robinson whose humanity and tireless pursuit of justice and freedom has made the world a better place.

"From serving the civil rights movement in his own country, to fighting for the isolation of the apartheid state and economy, to seeking justice in Haiti, Randall Robinson was an internationalist who placed grave injustices and excesses on the agenda of the global community.

"Through TransAfrica and the Free South Africa Movement, Randall Robinson fought for a free South Africa in which all South Africans would enjoy democratic rights, and a South Africa that could take its rightful place in international forums and in the world economy.

"As we mourn his passing, we are comforted by his own anticipation of this moment in his novel, Makeda, in which the eponymous matriarch implores: 'You won't need to talk to my headstone in order to talk to me. I won't be there. I'll be in the air and the Earth. I'll be in the stars that light the African heavens. I'll be watchin' over you and your family. My spirit will always be close enough to touch and protect you all. So, do not grieve for me. My body will die, but my soul will live on. For my soul cannot die. Always remember that my soul is the spark of God in me'.

"The African heavens are indeed illuminated with Randall Robinson's indelible legacy."

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