The African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal is saddened by the death of its veteran MP Trevor Bonhomme, who has died at the age of 75, the party said on Saturday.
Bonhomme distinguished himself as an outstanding cadre of the ANC and he had served as a member of parliament since 2006 to date. He joined the struggle at an early age and was active in various structures of the ANC underground, the Mass Democratic Movement, and the United Democratic Front, ANC KwaZulu-Natal spokesman Mdumiseni Ntuli said.
In the “context of apartheid divide and rule”, Bonhomme’s core activist work was within the coloured community in KwaZulu-Natal. He was nevertheless an avowed non-racialist working to unite South Africans and build the country.
As an ANC MP, Bonhomme maintained his constituency office in Phoenix and served there with great distinction. He was active in committees of parliament, speaking out on issues as diverse as rhino poaching to child welfare, and in defence of the poor and vulnerable in society.
“His record of attendance in parliament was also highly commendable. His only absences were on account of his ill health. Cde Bonhomme leaves us a powerful legacy of relentless activism, spotless integrity, and the highest organisational discipline. We will miss his good humour and constant readiness to get down to work.
“[The] ANC dips its revolutionary banner in honour of this outstanding stalwart of our struggle for liberation and social emancipation. The ANC conveys its deepest condolences to his family, relatives, friends, and comrades in our movement,” Ntuli said.
– African News Agency (ANA)