As the nation mourns the passing of Aziz Goolam Hoosein Pahad, a prominent figure in South African politics and diplomacy, it is an opportune moment to reflect not only on his remarkable life but also on the individuals who influenced and shaped his journey. One such influential figure is Amina Pahad, the mother of Aziz and his brother Essop Pahad.
Amina Pahad’s life, like that of her sons, was deeply intertwined with the tumultuous history of South Africa during the apartheid era. Born at a time when racial discrimination was entrenched, she witnessed firsthand the hardships faced by her community and the determination of individuals to bring about change.
Aziz Pahad, born on December 25, 1940, in Schweizer-Reneke, Transvaal, inherited his mother’s resilience and commitment to justice. Amina Pahad’s influence on her children played a significant role in shaping their dedication to the anti-apartheid movement and the African National Congress (ANC).
While specific details about Amina Pahad’s life and contributions are not widely documented in the public domain, it is evident that her values and principles left a lasting impact on her sons. The Pahad brothers, Aziz and Essop, both emerged as dedicated activists and prominent figures within the ANC.
The Pahad family’s commitment to the ANC’s mission of liberation and social justice led them to play pivotal roles in South African politics. Aziz Pahad, in particular, went on to serve as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from May 1994 to September 2008 and as a Member of the National Assembly from May 9, 1994, to his retirement on September 25, 2008. His contributions to diplomacy, politics, and the fight against apartheid were deeply influenced by the values instilled in him by his mother.