Item 1038 - Statement on death of Steve Tshwete, April 2002

Identity area

Reference code

ZA COM MR-S-1038


Statement on death of Steve Tshwete, April 2002


  • 2002-04-27 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

Context area

Name of creator

(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

Biographical history

Archival history

Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Death of Steve Tshwete, 26 April 2002

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area



It was with great sadness and a sense of personal loss that we learnt of the death of Minister Steve Tshwete.

Steve Tshwete served his country and people with great distinction and total dedication. The country is immensely poorer because of his early and untimely death.

We spent time together on Robben Island where Steve was a sterling example of how prisoners made of their incarceration a positive experience and a building stone for the future. His organisational skills, also in the field of sports, were then already evident. His courage and commitment will be fondly remembered by all of us who shared those years with him.

Steve Tshwete was a brave freedom fighter and an unstinting warrior for peace and reconciliation in the country he loved so much. His total commitment to non-racialism was legendary and known to all. Sporting unity in our country owes more to Steve Tshwete than to any other individual and we know that many millions of sport loving South Africans mourn his death today.

He served with his usual distinction as Minister of Sport in the Government of National Unity.

We express our condolences to his wife Pam, the children and family. We mourn with them and share in their sense of loss.

Hamba kahle, Steve. We shall miss you greatly

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

Acquisition method: From hard drive ; Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation Prof J Gerwel. Accessioned on 19/02/09 by Razia Saleh




Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres