Tribute to Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert - statement by the UDM President (14 May 2010)

The UDM notes with sadness the passing of Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert. On behalf of the UDM, I extend my condolences to his family and friends.

The country has been deprived of another intellectual and moral leader. His progressive contribution during the transition must have played a big role in stilling the doubts of those who thought our country would not succeed in reaching a peaceful democratic settlement.

He will not only be remembered for his political leadership pre-1994, but also for his continuing commitment to his country after the advent of democracy. Perhaps now Government will pay tribute to his patriotism by finally addressing the electoral reforms that he and his commission identified several years ago already.

May he rest in peace.