HomeHomeArticle Archives

Renowned Muslim Anti-Apartheid Activist Passes

"The most popular and recognizable Indian South African Muslim woman over the past five decades" and "a true Gandhian," Fatima Meer passed this week at the age of 82.

She combined oppositional activism with a politics of bridge-building. In 1946, Meer joined other South African Indians in a passive resistance campaign against apartheid.

During the 1970s she was banned and later detained without trial for trying to organise a political rally with Black Consciousness Movement figure Steve Biko.

Founder of the Institute for Black Research at Natal University, she was a prolific writer. Her books included the compelling Trial of Andrew Zondo, story of an executed ANC guerrilla, and Higher Than Hope, an uncritical biography of Nelson Mandela.

At a state funeral in Durban, close friend Winnie Madikizela-Mandela gave a tearful eulogy and urged that Meer's house be made a national heritage site.


Get our news by email!

Please be sure to add pasadenajournal.com to your approved senders list before subscribing! Learn More
Unsubscribe any time

Search the Journal


Some sections of our site are for registered and/or paid subscribers only. Please login or create an account.

Missing Something?

Did you know you can get the Pasadena Journal weekly print publication for more news and information?


Calendar of Events

<<  April 2014  >>
 Su  Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112