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Cape Flats community leader Wilfred Alcock dies

Cape Flats ‘warrior for peace’ and peace activist Wilfred Alcock has passed away. One of the most compassionate, humane and caring community leaders on the Cape Flats, Wilfred Alcock, 59, has died at the Groote Schuur Hospital, in Cape Town, on Thursday 23 January, the Western Cape African National (ANC) said in a statement.

“A former civil servant who lived in Vanguard Estate, Athlone, Wilfred was a driving force for peace on the Cape Flats, as well as an end to the terrorism inflicted on residents by gangsters,” the ANC said.

Leading role as ‘activist of peace’

“He played a leading role in the Cape Flats Interfaith Declaration, which is a response to the escalating violence on the Cape Flats that was adopted at a public meeting held in Joseph Stone Auditorium, Athlone, late in 2019.”

Paying tribute to Alcock, ANC MP for Athlone, Faiez Jacobs, said: “Wilfred was a people’s person, a man of the community. He was a deeply religious activist for peace, as well as one who believed that our people deserve to enjoy all the fruits of political freedom.

“For him, freedom also meant economic freedom, better living conditions, jobs and a life free of crime. That is the fight that he has dedicated his life to.

“I have lost a true friend and shall miss him. My thoughts and condolences are with Sandra and their children. The Cape Flats mourns a gentle hero, a warrior for peace.”

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Alcock is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sandra, their three children and grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later stage.

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Source: African News Agency (ANA)

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