It is with deep grief and sadness to inform the South African society about the untimely death of Comrade Stephen Pandula Gawe.
Comrade Stephen Pandula Gawe passed away on the 18 th July 2018 while he was visiting his daughters in Oxford, Britain.
Comrade Gawe is the off-spring of the late Reverend Walker and Regina Gawe who were the active Members of the ANC before it was banned. The former was the President of ANC in the Cape Province and one of the accused in the 1956 Treason Trial.
He was born 5 January 1938 in King Williams Town at St. Chad Mission House. He matriculated at St. Matthews School in 1955 before proceeding to the University of Fort Hare where his studies for BA Honours were abruptly disrupted when he was detained at Fort Glamorgan Prison, for ANC underground activities.
Shortly thereafter, he left the country to continue with his studies at Trinity College, Oxford; Edenburg and Nottingham Universities. His working career started in the ANC offices in London under the then Chief Rep., Cde Mendi Msimang. Later, he became the ANC Chief Rep. in Italy. He represented ANC in various international platforms as part of gaining international solidarity and isolation of apartheid racist minority regime.
Post- apartheid and after the democratic breakthrough, he became South African Ambassador in Norway and Director in the Diplomatic School of the Department of International Relations, respectively. His last posting before retirement was being the Ambassador in Denmark.
He was married to the late Tokie Mzamo-Gawe with whom they were blessed with two daughters, Nomtha and Vuyo. At the time of his death, he was married to Dudu Khoza- Gawe.
He is leaving behind his Wife, Dudu Khoza-Gawe; daughters Nomtha Gray and Vuyo Gawe and Grand- children, Jonas and
His Memorial/ Funeral Services will be held at Congregation Church, Peelton, King Williams Town on Saturday 11 August 2018.