Item 1059 - Message of Condolence to Anton Rupert and family, October 2001

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ZA COM MR-S-1059


Message of Condolence to Anton Rupert and family, October 2001


  • 2001-10-28 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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

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Death of Anton and Huberte Rupert's youngest son, Anthonij in a car accident

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There are few experiences in life as painful as that of a parent losing a child to death. No matter what the circumstances are, that loss cuts to the core of our relationships as human beings.

We mourn today with Anton and Huberte Rupert at the tragic loss of their son Anthonij. We know that they hurt and grief greatly and convey to them, and to Johann and Hanlie and the rest of the family, our heartfelt condolences.

Part of the great legacy that Anton and Huberte left to this society was the example of a closely knit family, caring of each other and sharing in the values that the parents lived out in their private and public lives. For a young man to be cut down in his prime, and in such a tragic manner, hurts all of us.

We can only trust that Anton and Huberte and the rest of the family may take some solace from the knowledge that so many South Africans share in their grief and hold them in their thoughts.

On behalf of Graca and myself, my Foundation and the Children's Fund we wish them strength. May you find, even in these difficult times of loss and bereavement, some of that peace that you have worked so hard for in the lives of others.



Second Paragraph "en" changed to "and" Anton and Huberte

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Acquisition method: From hard drive ; Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation Prof J Gerwel. Accessioned on 26/02/09 by Razia Saleh




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