National Assembly: 12 August 2010
The IFP joins other parties in expressing
condolences to the bereaved family and friends of our dear former
colleague, Cheryl Gillwald.
We as the IFP, and I as a member of the
Justice Committee, had the privilege of working alongside Ms
Gillwald in Parliament for many years.
I vividly remember Cheryl as a charming
person whose doors were always open to her colleagues. She had a
beautiful smile and a warm personality.
The tragedy is that she now cannot continue
to make the contributions she offered in terms of development, human
rights and the ongoing struggle for social justice and the
eradication of poverty.
But as we mourn her passing, we must also
remember with gratitude the achievements she did attain within the
time allotted to her.
. We remember Ms Gillwald as playing a
leading role in the mission to create a human rights culture in
. We remember her for the work she did to
improve the lives of ordinary South Africans.
. We remember her passion for the rights of
women and children.
. We remember her contribution to governance
Throughout her political career, Ms Gillwald
displayed an outstanding work ethic and we were impressed by her
skills and leadership capacities.
Death is a particularly difficult, but
totally unavoidable bridge to cross and we all have to face that
moment. I myself sometimes feel so unprepared for death, as death
could take us at any moment.
The lesson we are to take to heart today, is
that we should all meditate more about our own approaching final
On behalf of the Inkatha Freedom Party, I
offer condolences and deepest sympathies to Ms Gillwald's family.
Koos van der Merwe MP
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