Belfast, June 18th 2004

Nimrod Sejake - an Irish cde remembers him

The comrades may have already received this news, however, I’ve just received a message that Comrade Nimrod Sejake passed away about a week ago.

Some of the comrades will remember that cde Nimrod was a worker leader in South Africa in the 1950s. He was a leading member of the South African Congress of Trade Unions (he was the secretary of the Iron Steel Workers) and of the ANC in Soweto in the 1950s.

He was treated very badly by the ANC in exile. In the 1980s he was featured on the front cover of an official history of SACTU, the ANC trade union. At the time the authors and the ANC presumed Nimrod was already dead. Far from it.

He joined the CWI and became prominent figure in the Marxist Workers Tendency of the ANC. The comrades in Dublin were particularly close to cde Nimrod.

Cdes throughout the country knew and meet and loved him. He traveled quite a few times to Letterkenny and stayed with the cdes. He was once stopped in West Belfast and was asked by the RUC where he was staying. The address he gave was “Billy’s place”.

After his return from exile he continued to struggle for socialist ideas and established socialist reading groups in his township, Evaton. He was a living inspiration to all the comrades he met.


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