President Cyril Ramaphosa Mourns Passing of Patriot Kallie Hanekom

President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended his heartfelt condolences following the recent passing of patriot Kallie Hanekom.


On a solemn Sunday morning, 13 August, the African National Congress (ANC) declared the news via a sincere tweet on their official Twitter profile.

The tweet on the official ANC page stated, “Comrade Kallie Hanekom committed his life to the fight for freedom, fairness, and equality in our cherished country.”

A Life Dedicated to Freedom and Equality

“I offer sincere condolences on the recent passing of freedom fighter and patriot Kallie Hanekom, father of Joe and Bram Hanekom and brother of Derek Hanekom.

At the age of 73, Kallie Hanekom has concluded a life of principle, struggle, and commitment to a free and non-racial South Africa,” President Ramaphosa tweeted on August 13, 2023.


He continued, “He personified the essence of dedication and unwavering resolve that characterized the battle against apartheid.”

President Ramaphosa’s Heartfelt Sympathy

President Ramaphosa expressed heartfelt sympathy for the recent loss of freedom fighter and patriot Kallie Hanekom, a father and brother.

According to President Ramaphosa, Hanekom dedicated his life to principles, struggle, and the advancement of a free and non-racial South Africa, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered.

Mixed Public Responses

Since the announcement, Twitter responses have been pouring in, with many sharing condolences and others expressing differing opinions.

Some users lacked empathy and respect in their responses, with statements like, “A life that ended up committed to a cANCerously corrupt, dysfunctional SA.” Others questioned Hanekom’s legacy within the ANC and his dedication to patriotism.


ANC’s Commitment to Hanekom’s Legacy

To honor Kallie Hanekom, the ANC renews its dedication to constructing a nation where justice, equality, and freedom thrive—principles that Hanekom devoted his life to realizing.


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