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Cape Town – Wrestling activist and education expert Graeme Bloch has died. He was 65 years old.

Graeme’s brother Lance took to social media on Friday morning to make the announcement.

Graeme was battling a neurodegenerative disease, according to his brother. He passed away this morning with his activist wife Cheryl Carolus by his side.

Bloch taught at the University of the Western Cape for several years. He was a project manager at the Joint Education Trust and an executive member of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the NECC (National Education Crisis Committee) in the 1980s.

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In 2009, he also published his book “The Toxic Mix: What’s Wrong with South Africa’s Schools and how to Fix it,” in which he tackled the toxic mix of factors causing this crisis, putting the government and teachers on task so as not to be efficient. as they should and highlighting the socio-economic challenges many learners face.

On Facebook, Lance described his brother as a “fearless fighter for justice and equality.”

“Banned, detained, beaten by the apartheid government, but he continued to fight, often at a heavy price for himself.

“Struck by a terrible neurodegenerative disease which left him with a brilliant mind in a crumbling body. But he accepted it and continued to fight.

“One of the greatest educators in the country. A humble, courageous and great man. A South African hero. Go well in this good night, my brother … “

RIP GRAEME BLOCH, MY BROTHER 23/1 / 56-9 / 4/21 A fearless fighter for justice and equality Forbidden, detained, beaten by …

Posted by Lance Bloch on Friday, April 9, 2021

His brother Guy also said: “My brother, Graeme Bloch, passed away peacefully this morning; his wife with him.

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In 2018, tragedy struck when their mother and partner, Rosalie Bloch, 84, and Aubrey Jackson, 95, were found murdered in their Rosebank home.

Messages of condolence were also sent to the Bloch family.

ANC MP Faiez Jacobs said it was with great sadness that he learned of Bloch’s passing.

“We have lost a great leader, faithful and comrade. He will be remembered for his activism and leadership in the 1980s and 1990s. Many young activists like me benefited from the workshops he led and he organized shelters for many of us on the run, ”he said. Jacobs said.

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“Our deepest condolences to Cheryl Carolus and the Bloch family on your sad loss. May the many fond memories we cherish of him support you in this difficult time.

Former Cape Times editor Ryland Fisher added: “It is sad to hear of the passing of Graeme Bloch, a pillar of the struggle, who has helped us understand our complex society.

“He introduced us to the revolutionary theories of Gramsci and Ben Turok. May he rest in peace. Our condolences to his wife, Cheryl, and extended family.

Cape Argus

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