Please accept my deeply felt condolences on the passing of Reverend Cedric Mayson.
As a spiritual person driven by deep Christian convictions, Reverend Mayson was a complete human being, a true devotee to the principles of justice and equality, as well as a believer in the vision of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, just and democratic South Africa.
Reverend Mayson was a man of the courage of his convictions whose commitment to the struggle and development of South Africa did not falter.
He served the cause of our freedom and democracy, playing an instrumental role not only in creating the necessary space to bridge the divide during apartheid oppression, including helping support the process that drafted the Kairos Document, but also, in questioning the very moral basis of apartheid, from a Christian point of view.
At a personal level, losing a loving father and a dedicated member of the family is always a heart-wrenching experience for any family.
Please take comfort from the fact that his was a worthy life that enriched humanity, for which he will always be fondly remembered.
He will be missed by the African National Congress and our nation as a whole.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you at this point in your life.
May his soul rest in everlasting peace!
Former President of the Republic of South Africa
28 May 2015
Johannesburg, Sunday 24 May 2015
The African National Congress is saddened by the passing on of Reverend Cedric Radcliffe Mayson yesterday, 23 May 2015 following an illness.
Reverend Cedric Mayson was born in the United Kingdom in 1927. He came to South Africa as a Methodist Minister in 1953 and served as a Minister in the Methodist Church
from 1953 until 1974. He also served as a full time member of the Christian Institute from 1974 until 1977 the Institute initiated the KAIROS document.
Reverend Mayson was banned in 1977 when the Christian Institute was banned along with Dr Beyers Naude and Rev Theo Kotze. He was detained twice, the first on his honeymoon in 1976 and the second in November 1981, He was subsequently charged with High Treason. In February 1983 he fled to the UK after the judge had granted him bail when the State had not been able to prove its case to the Court. While he was in exile he served the interface between political and religious groups, and did much travelling and work with and for the ANC in exile.
On his indemnity in 1991 and return to SA in 1992, he served with the Faith and Mission department of the SACC. His last post was with the Religious desk of the ANC as the Convener of the Commission for Religious Affairs. He was also involved in the World Conference for Religion and Peace.
Reverend Mayson was the author of three books and many articles as well as being the Host of the Religious Progamme Credo for two years at the SABC.
The African National Congress sends its condolences to his wife Penelope (Thandi), Sons Andrew, Tim, Peter, David, daughters Kim, Phillipa, Jude (Bongi) and Laura and Mayson family at large. Reverend Mayson lived a remarkable life dedicated to his faith and the struggle of the South African people. May his soul rest in everlasting peace.
African National Congress