DATE: 24 JUNE 2002
SUBJECT: DEATH OF RUSTY BERNSTEIN
It was with sadness that we once more learnt of the passing away of one of the veterans
and stalwarts of our liberation struggle, this time in the person of Rusty Bernstein.
The non-racial character of our struggle and of the society we are building today owes
much to the efforts and contributions of persons like Rusty Bernstein. He made a deliberate and considered
choice to forego what could have been a life of comfort and ease to join forces with his fellow South Africans
in the fight for democracy and freedom.
Rusty Bernstein played a major role in the Communist Party of South Africa and the
Congress of Democrats and he was one of our co-accused at the Rivonia Trial. He was a brave and committed
comrade, a clear thinker and a person of whom we hold fond personal memories.
We think of Hilda and the children, and convey our sincerest condolences to them. We know
that they shall take comfort from the fact that so many South Africans today mourn with them the passing away
of a great patriot and freedom fighter.
Media release issued by the office of Mr Nelson Mandela
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