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ANC mourns the death of Comrade Billy Nair

23 October 2008

The African National Congress (ANC) is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Comrade Billy Nair, a stalwart and an underground leader of the movement.

We pay homage to this gallant revolutionary who was unwavering in his commitment and dedication to the struggle for a democratic and just South Africa. Comrade Nair was a founding member of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and member of the Umkonto we Sizwe. He was also imprisoned in Robben Island together with Comrade Ahmed Kathrada.

The Deputy President of the ANC and President of SA, Kgalema Motlanthe, specifically mourns the lost of his long time friend and comrade, who he knew over time.

Comrade Nair was a tireless and principled political activist, who remained engaged in the struggle until the end of his life.

The ANC will forever treasure the contribution made by Comrade Billy Nair in the struggle for liberation and the building of our democracy.

The ANC extends its condolences to his family, friends and comrades.

May his soul rest in peace.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
Spokesperson
African National Congress

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