Condolences for Professor Terreblanche

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences to the family of political economist and author Professor Johannes “Sampie” Terreblanche, who passed away at the weekend.

Professor Terreblanche, who had a long association with the University of Stellenbosch, passed away on Saturday after a short illness at the age of 84.

“President Ramaphosa paid tribute to Professor Terreblanche for having emerged from a background rooted in Afrikaner nationalism to establish himself as a diligent and brave intellectual whose critical engagement on the political economy of the apartheid era and the current democratic dispensation made a significant contribution to discourse on governance and the economy,” said the Presidency on Monday.

The Professor’s celebrated book, “The History of Inequality in South Africa, 1652-2002”, enabled a broad range of South Africans and the international community to appreciate the enduring complexities of South African history and the complexity of the socio-economic transformation required in the country today.
“President Ramaphosa expressed his sincere condolences to the family, friends and associates of the late Professor Terreblanche. He said South Africa has lost a fearless, campaigning intellectual whose scholarship challenged apartheid apologists with inescapable, uncomfortable truths,” said the Presidency. -

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