Ex-MP September dies, aged 90
ANTI-APARTHEID activist and ANC veteran Reginald “Reggie” September died yesterday evening after a long illness. He was 90.
According to the Dean of Cape Town, Father Michael Weeder, September died “partly because of the passage of time” as he had had a major stroke and had been bedridden for some time.
At the time of his death, September was living in Johannesburg with his wife, Melissa Steyn.
September was born in Wynberg in 1923. He attended Trafalgar High School where, according to Weeder, he had “the rich experience” of being introduced to the National Liberation League and meeting Jimmy La Guma, John Gomas, John Morley, Cissie Gool, Goolam Gool and Moses Kotane.
After completing his matric, Sep- tember worked in a number of jobs. His political involvement saw him become a full-time trade unionist.
September went abroad in the early 1950s and on his return in 1953 was one of the founders of the SA Coloured Peoples Organisation, which became part of the Congress Alliance.
He faced government banning orders, was charged with treason and imprisoned for five months without trial during the 1960 state of emergency. There were more arrests and detentions before September went into exile where he became the chief representative of the ANC in London and Western Europe.
In 1991 he returned from exile and as part of the ANC’s NEC was involved in the drawing up of the Groote Schuur minutes. From 1994 until 2004 he served as an MP.
He leaves his wife and his children, Zena, Peter, Jehan and Mark.