The African National Congress moves without notice: That the House

  1. with deep sadness the passing on of ANC veteran and former ANC MP, Essop Pahad on 6 July 2023, at the age of 84;
  2. remembers that he and his brother, Aziz Pahad, a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, went into exile in late 1964 and settled in London and after completing his studies, Essop was appointed to the editorial committee of the World Marxist Review;
  3. understands that he returned to South Africa after the ANC was unbanned in 1990 and after the 1994 South African general election, Pahad served as the Parliamentary Counsellor to then-Deputy President Thabo Mbeki;
  4. further understands that he was appointed the Minister in the Presidency after the 1999 general election and resigned in 2008;
  5. acknowledges that he was the board chairman of South Africa/Mali Timbuktu Manuscripts Trust as well as chairman of the board of trustees for the South African Democracy Education Trust, and a member of the national executive committee of the African National Congress;
  6. believes he was a knowledgeable individual, a political activist and a trusted advisor;and
  7. conveys its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and to his party, the African National Congress.