Media Statement

13 January 2023

Minister Pandor's message of condolence to the Ginwala family

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, has learnt with sadness the news of the passing of Dr Frene Ginwala.

Dr Frene Ginwala was the first Speaker of the National Assembly of Parliament under the democratic dispensation. An esteemed member of the Order of Luthuli, she passed on at the age of 90 years.

Minister Pandor, who, together with Dr Ginwala, served as the Presiding Officers of Parliament (1999 – 2004) said she has good memories of Dr Ginwala from the time they worked in Parliament.

“To learn of her passing is somewhat unbelievable. My thoughts and prayers are with Dr Ginwala’s family, relatives, friends and comrades during this time as we mourn the loss of a colossal giant of our liberation struggle, human rights activist and a patriot,” Minister Pandor said.

May the soul of Dr Frene Ginwala rest in peace.

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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