South African Communist Party

27 March 2021 The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Western Cape expresses its sincere condolences to the family, comrades and friends of Comrade Cecyl Esau, who died of natural causes on 17 March 2021, in Table View, Cape Town. Comrade Esau, who was born in Worcester, was a distinguished and militant anti-apartheid activist who stood firm against economic exploitation of the working class and rural masses. He developed into a skilful rounded cadre, conscious of his strategic task as a student activist during his time at University of the Western Cape (UWC), where he registered for a BA. His participation in the 1976 national student uprising resulted in his first period of detention. In 1977, Comrade Esau was elected to the UWC’s Student Representative Council. He continued to mobilise students despite expulsion in 1978, and in 1980 he was once again subjected to a lengthy spell in detention.…

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SACP Western Cape pays tribute to Comrade Cecyl Esau