It is with profound sadness that we heard yesterday of Professor Kader Asmal's passing. He truly did represent a generation of true heroes who always spoke truth to power. He was a member of the generation of leaders that represented the core historic values of the African National Congress, our Constitution and our Anthem. He was dedicated to the causes of democracy, the rule of law and equality.
We could not afford to lose him at this increasingly dangerous time in our political history as those who represent the very antithesis of what Kader and his generation stand for, now worryingly take centre stage of our increasingly racist, populist, unaccountable and intellectually devoid body politik.
Younger South Africans owe it to the memory of Kader Asmal to take accept the baton he passes on now.