ANC stalwart Reginald September was a loving and compassionate man, his son Mark told mourners at a funeral held at the Johannesburg Botanical
Gardens on Saturday.
“That compassion and love didn’t just stretch with his family but with everyone.,” said an emotional Mark September.
“He was deeply, deeply hurt by oppression.”
Mark September described his father as a strict and disciplined man.
“I believe that many of the best parts of me were from him,” he said.
September’s wife, Melissa Steyn, delivered a tribute to her husband by
“I benefitted from his wisdom,” she said.
She said her husband understood the pain of oppression and never left it to someone else to fight.
“He knew that no one was free unless everyone was free,” said Melissa Steyn.
“While he could be analytical, he knew that people had to do whatever it had to do to change the system of oppression.”
Melissa Steyn was married to Reginald September for 16 years.
Photos of September were displayed on a large screen.
September, a trade unionist, died last week at the age of 90. He was one of the first non-African people to be elected in the ANC’s national executive committee. He also served as a member of parliament.
Among the dignataries at the funeral were President Jacob Zuma, former president Thabo Mbeki, several cabinet ministers, government representatives and members of the ANC Women’s League.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane directed the funeral service.
Jazz musician Jonas Gwangwa and the police band played musical items during the service.