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ANC mourns the passing of its stalwart and struggle veteran, Eddie Funde

23 May 2018

The African National Congress mourns the passing of its stalwart and struggle veteran, Comrade Eddie Funde, who passed away on Tuesday, 22 May 2018. Eddie Funde, the first Chief Representative of the African National Congress in the Astralasian and Pacific region, was born in Soweto in 1943. He was a committed freedom fighter who dedicated his youthful years to the liberation of the people of South Africa. From an early age, he identified with the struggle of the people against the racist Apartheid regime.

Funde became involved in the ANC's voluntary work camps in the early 1960s and played an increasingly important role to the extent that the South African security police of the Apartheid regime threatened to arrest him. Following this warning, he went into exile in Lusaka, Zambia in 1965. He was granted a scholarship to study electrical engineering in 1967 in Leningrad and completed his Master's Degree by 1975. For the next two years, he continued to work for the ANC in Sweden prior to his recall to Dar-Es-Salaam to work in the ANC's scholarship programme for young South Africans who had left the country following the 1976 Soweto uprising.

Comrade Eddie Funde returned to South Africa in August 1990 on official business, after 25 years in exile, following lifting of the ban on the African National Congress. Subsequent to this visit, he further participated in the historic National Consultative Conference of the ANC, the first of its kind in the country in 30 years.

The African National Congress honours the indelible mark he left in the congress movement as well as the reconstruction of our country. The ANC extends our sincere condolences to the family, friends and the entire movement on the loss of our stalwart and struggle veteran.


Pule Mabe
National Spokesperson
071 623 4975