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President Zuma saddened by passing of Freedom Charter architect, Ms Beata Lipman

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President Jacob Zuma has expressed deep sadness and conveyed his heartfelt condolences on the passing of one of the architect of the Freedom Charter and struggle veteran, Ms Beata Lipman who passed away on Thursday, 08 December 2016.
“It is always saddening to lose such a principled and esteemed freedom fighter and struggle veteran like Ms Lipman who was at the forefront during the 1955 congress of the people which drafted the Freedom Charter, the foundation for our democratic constitution. We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to her family and relatives. May her soul rest in peace,” said President Zuma.
President Zuma said Ms Lipman, working alongside her late anti-apartheid activist husband Mr Alan Lipman, will forever be remembered for her sterling work in 1955 where she collated information during the congress and drafted the original Freedom Charter in her own handwriting.
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