Zuma sad­dened by pass­ing of strug­gle vet­eran Ed­ward Daniels

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C- Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma ex­pressed deep sad­ness and ex­tended his con­do­lences to the fam­ily on the pass­ing of lib­er­a­tion strug­gle vet­eran and for­mer Robben Is­land pris­oner, Ed­ward ‘Ed­die’ Daniels.

"We have learned with deep sad­ness [of] the pass­ing of the ded­i­cated and fear­less lib­er­a­tion strug­gle vet­eran and po­lit­i­cal pris­oner, Com­rade Ed­ward Daniels, who con­trib­uted im­mensely in the strug­gle for free­dom and de­vel­op­ment of the demo­cratic South Africa.

"We wish to con­vey our sin­cere heart­felt con­do­lences to Daniels' fam­ily and rel­a­tives, our prayer[s] and thoughts are with them in this dif­fi­cult pe­riod. May his soul rest in peace," Zuma said.

Daniels passed away on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30 in Cape Town at the age of 89.

Daniels was born in Dis­trict Six in Cape Town in 1928. He joined the Lib­eral Party in 1959 and later joined the Na­tional Com­mit­tee for Lib­er­a­tion, which be­came the African Re­sis­tance Move­ment (ARM) in 1961. Al­though he was not a mem­ber of the African Na­tional Congress, he was close to for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela.

He was ar­rested in July 1964 and sen­tenced to 15 years im­pris­on­ment, the ma­jor­ity of which he spent on Robben Is­land, where he fur­thered his ed­u­ca­tion, ob­tain­ing BA and BComm de­grees.

Af­ter his re­lease, he ob­tained a teacher's diploma and be­came a teacher.

In 1994, Daniels com­pleted his mem­oir, pub­lished un­der the ti­tle ‘There and Back: Robben Is­land 1964-1979’.

SA Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

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