Party leader eader Helen Zille said Eglin’s contribution to defeating apartheid and helping make a peaceful transition to democracy was profound.
“He opposed apartheid for over four decades and served as a leader of the opposition twice and was instrumental in negotiating and drafting the constitution,” said Zille.
Eglin was a founder member of the Progressive Party and later became leader of the Progressive Federal Party.
Zille said that Eglin served as a member of parliament for the Democratic Part and the Democratic Alliance until he retired in 2004.
“We honour his exceptional intellect, his resilient commitment, his unsentimental empathy, and his unwavering perseverance to the cause of democracy in South Africa,” said Zille.
“We celebrate the life of a truly great South African.”
Elgin died on Friday night at the age of 88. He was in hospital with a cardiac problem and was later moved to a frail care centre, where he had been for the past week.