24 January 2022
Statement by Stellenbosch Executive Mayor Adv. Gesie van Deventer
It is with great sadness that I learnt about the passing of Professor Jaap Durand this morning.
Professor Durand, an alumnus of Stellenbosch University and long-time resident of Stellenbosch, was a distinguished academic, theologian, writer, struggle activist and the first Vice-Rector of The University of the Western Cape. Throughout his life and career, he made significant contributions in unifying South Africa and speaking out against the injustices of our past. Professor Durand was well-known in theological circles and was also highly regarded in the academic community for his role at UWC and for his work in creating inclusive spaces for students and academics.
In July 2021, I bestowed the prestigious Honourary Citizenship Award on Professor Jaap Durand in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the community of the Stellenbosch Municipal Area as well as the broader South African society.
On behalf of the Stellenbosch Council, I convey our sincere condolences to his family, colleagues and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Let us always remember this larger than life, unsung hero!