1 January 2020

We were deeply saddened to learn that Dr Aubrey Mokoape, a great warrior fondly known to us as Bra Aubrey, passed away from COVID-19 complications.

Dr. Mokoape will always be remembered as a a powerful fighter against apartheid, who dedicated his life to serving the ordinary people of our land.

He was a great intellectual who always stood on principle. He was never shaken from his firm political views and was always able to present his incisive analysis and political arguments with eloquence and passion.

He will be remembered as a Pan-Africanist and a patriot who was prepared to fight for his beliefs and was never intimidated by apartheid. As a leader in the Black Consciousness movement, he led with courage and emerged even more resilient from many years of incarceration in prison.

I remember him for his humane, friendly, brotherly spirit and warm laughter.

We shall miss Bra Aubrey dearly for his dedication to the healing profession, through which he demonstrated his love for people whom he served with respect and humility.

We wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Mokoape family on the loss of their beloved father. May the family be consoled by the outstanding contribution Bra Aubrey made in the fight for our freedom and democracy and his selfless service to our nation.

May his soul rest in peace.

Hamba kahle, Dokotela wethu.
Dr Zwelini Mkhize
Minister of Health