The African National Congress (ANC) has expressed sadness and pain at the passing of struggle veteran and stalwart, Derrick McBride.
The passing of Stalwart Derrick McBride 88, who is also the father of MK veteran Robert McBride, is a huge loss to the entire mass democratic movement.
He was unwavering and principled in his commitment to the liberation struggle. For this, Stalwart McBride was imprisoned on Robben Island.
Spokesperson, Pule Mabe eulogised, “His passing marks the end of a selfless revolutionary whose courageous life was dedicated to the struggle for justice and the defence of our freedom. He was a humble, yet fierce fighter against apartheid and all its manifestations.
Our nation and the liberation movement have lost a selfless and loyal servant.
The people of South Africa will treasure his memory as one of our most distinguished sons who consciously chose to fight a vicious regime at a time when it was not fashionable to do so.
Up to his last days, Stalwart McBride continued to be a loyal servant of the people of South Africa. He was not motivated by the pursuit of personal ambition, self-interest and an undying lust for power and self-privilege.
Stalwart McBride was a genuine revolutionary committed to build a free, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, prosperous South Africa “
The ANC conveys its heartfelt condolences to the McBride family. We hope they will find solace in the knowledge that the nation is with them at this difficult time.
By: Lorraine Richards