Cedric Radcliffe Mayson died on 23rd May 2015, aged 87, after a life spent fighting for freedom and equality for all.
When Former President Thabo Mbeki spoke at Cedric’s funeral, he said:
‘I think it is important to tell his story…because frankly when I look around today, I see we don’t have many Cedrics among us. I don’t know why but we don’t.
Perhaps what we should do…is to tell this story, about Cedric, so that we can at least try to reproduce him. Reproduce younger Cedrics who are going to have to respond to challenges that we are facing. To respond to them with the same inventiveness, the same sense of an actual practical understanding of our reality. But respond to them also, with the kind of vision which Cedric had and with the same kind of selflessness….because I fear if we don’t have them – the younger Cedrics – then our future is very bleak indeed.
In the end, change (yes, we have support, change will come) must come from our own efforts. I do hope that we will all respond to this invitation, to tell the story of Cedric, which will help us produce the kind of South Africa that Cedric wanted.’
This website has been set up to preserve and promote Cedric’s legacy. It aims to provide a record of the crucial role he played in the struggle for liberation in South Africa, and an understanding of how he came to be the wise and passionate man he was. In doing so, we hope to encourage a new wave of Cedrics to take up the torch he has passed on to the next generation. We invite everyone to share their memories of this humble man who was an inspiration to so many.
We would love it if you could take some time to write down your memories of Cedric and email them to us for inclusion on the website.
We have started by posting just a few of the 300+ tributes sent to his family on the news of his death, some details from his funeral and a gallery of pictures. Please keep checking back for updates as this website will evolve and grow as more recollections are added.
We would also like to promote meaningful discussions and debate via the comments section of each article added. Please be respectful and don’t say anything you wouldn’t have said to Cedric over a glass of red!
Hamba kahle ‘qabane. Siyabonga ‘baba. Sizokukhumbula.
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