Anti-apartheid activist, Rupert Lorimer, dies in his sleep at age 87

Anti-apartheid activist, Rupert Lorimer, dies in his sleep at age 87

Former anti-apartheid activist and politician, Rupert Lorimer, passed away in his sleep on Thursday morning.

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The news was shared via social media by his daughter, Kate Lorimer.

She serves as the DA spokesperson on Safety and Security in Gauteng.

Lorimer was a former Progressive Party MP and Kate described him as the last of the 1974 “Magnificent Seven” liberals.

https://twitter.com/Kate_Lorimer/status/1080774184828092416

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The DA issued a statement on Thursday that Lorimer was elected in 1974 as a MP and fought the apartheid government.

News24 reported that DA national spokesperson Refiloe Nt'Sekhe said, "The DA is deeply saddened by the passing of the great liberal stalwart, Rupert Lorimer."

The party also said that his bravery will always be remembered and his legacy honoured.

Many South Africans paid tribute to Lorimer and praised him for standing up for his beliefs.

Briefly.co.za noted that some of the comments got slightly heated as well but the vast majority sympathised with the Lorimer family.

Lorimer reached the ripe old age of 87.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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