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ANCMOURNS THE PASSINGOFANTI-APARTHEIDACTIVIST,GAVIN WATSON
The AfricanNational Congresshasreceivedwithshockthe sadnewsonthe passingof Cde GavinWatson
ina tragic car accidentthismorning.
Cde. GavinWatson togetherwithhisbrothers,Ronnie,CheekyandValence associatedthemselveswith
the struggle forliberationatanearlyage and foughtside byside withmanycompatriotsagainst
It was inhishome province of the EasternCape, where Cde GavinWatsonmade the admirable and
brave choice of disassociatinghimselfwiththe privilege thatcame withbeingawhite male inapartheid
SouthAfricaand choosingtoparticipate activelyinpursuingthe idealsof afree,democraticandnon-
racial South Africa.
The Watson brotherswere well knownactivistsinthe UnitedDemocraticFront(UDF) andwithinthe
AfricanNational Congressundergroundstructuresatthe time.
To a large extent,theirrole inthe fightfornon-racial sports,especiallyRugby,resultedinone of the
Cde Gavinin particular,alsoplayedasignificantrole inprovidingsupport,throughthe familybusinesses,
to manyactivistsandoperativesof uMkhontoweSizwe whowere beingpursuedbythe police and
fleeingPortElizabethandthe EasternCape as a whole, atthe time.
He extendedthisrole bymobilizingotherwhite businesspersonstosupportandjointhe effortof
creatinga democraticand free SouthAfricaforall.
In the democraticera,Cde Gavincontinuedhisactivismandwasunwaveringinhissupportforthe ANC.
His charityworkin supportforyouthand communitiesindistressinthe WestRandwasadmirable and
hisdeathhas surelyrobbedthose communitiesof aphilanthropistwhogave hope andinspiredmany
youngpeople withinthose communitiesthroughskillstraininganddevelopment.
The ANC extendsitsheartfeltcondolencestothe family,friends,colleaguesandComradesof Cde Gavin
May hissoul restinpeace.
ISSUED BY THE AFRICAN NATIONALCONGRESS