Oupa Lehulere Memorial Website

Celebrating The Life Of

Oupa Lehulere

An Organic Intellectual and
Working Class Revolutionary

15 June 1960 - 29 November 2021

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Maria van Driel

Struggle as volition, as free will Maria van Driel, soulmate and life partner Oupa Lehulere, has been my soulmate, my…
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Obituary of Oupa Lehulere

Oupa Lehulere was born in Cape Town in 1960. After primary school he went to Fezeka High School in Gugulethu….
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Jonathan de Vries

For Oupa. By Jonathan de Vries, an old friend and comrade A few weeks ago I stood next to Oupa’s…
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Shepi Mati

Some Reflections On My Encounters With Oupa Lehulere By Shepi Mati,* a life-long friend and comrade * Shepi was the…
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Ian van Driel

Oupa will be sorely missed By Ian van Driel Firstly, I wish to express my condolences to the Lehulere family,…
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Searatoa van Driel

By Searatoa van Driel Dumelang! Hi everybody, thank you I want to start where my mother ended and start with…
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Ighsaan Schroeder

Oupa Lehulere: A revolutionist for the ages By Ighsaan Schroeder, a comrade Friends, family of different kinds and comrades: This…
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Mokesh Morar

A poem for Oupa Phoenix must rise … … … must rise , o ye rise from the ash heaps…
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Bread for the World

Berlin, 01.12.202 Dear Maria, dear Searatoa, dear Comrades at the Khanya College, It is with great sadness that we heard…
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Afrikagrupperna

https://afrikagrupperna.se/2021/12/03/tribute-to-oupa-lehulere It is with great sadness that Afrikagrupperna learned of the passing of Oupa Lehulere, Director of Khanya College. Although…
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FES – Johannesburg Office

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Foundation for Human Rights

Foundation for Human Rights, South Africa The FHR offers its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Oupa Lehulere…
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Solidar, Switzerland

Dear Maria Dear Searatoa With shock and profound sadness and pain I have received Ighsaan´s note on Oupa passing away…
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Medico International

Tribute to Oupa Lehulere (1960-2021) With much gratitude and care from medico international (Germany), Peoples Health Movement (PHM-SA), SINANI and…
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Ziyo, South Africa

Dear Maria I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn that Oupa’s brave and determined battle against cancer had come…
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Medico International – Usche Merk

Tribute to Oupa Lehulere (1960 – 2021) We are mourning the loss of Oupa Lehulere, Director of Khanya College, who…
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Groundwork, Friends of the Earth, South Africa

Tribute to the Life of Oupa Lehulere On Monday, 29November, while among a group of community activists preparing the resistance…
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Sugar Workers Union, Mauritius

From: Rams and Family, SILU, Mauritius Dear Sister Maria, I have learnt with great regret the sudden demise of our…
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Lalit, Mauritius

By Lindsey Collen, Mauritius A personal note, written in the name of everyone on LALIT* who knew Oupa. Oupa Lehulere,…
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Workers World Media Project, South Africa

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Bishop Lavis Action Community (BLAC)

# BLAC – Tribute to Oupa Lehulere The Bishop Lavis Action Community (BLAC) is saddened by the death of Oupa…
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Ayesha Rajah

Hi Maria I’m thinking of you and Searatoa. I cant imagine how you feel. Oupa’s passing is so difficult to…
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Brian Ashley

Dearest Maria my deepest condolences for your loss. It is terribly sad news and even tragic. One asks why is…
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Lali Naidoo

Maria my love, strength. Love always…
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Maizie

Hi Maria I would just like to share our sincerest condolences to you and your family for your loss. I…
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Jane Bennet

Dear Maria just heard the very sad news of cde Oupa’s passing. Regardless of circumstances a terrible loss for you…
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Ivan Abrahams

Dear Maria and Searatoa, sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences.
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Miriam Mayet

Dear Maria, I am very sorry about Oupa. I was ill for the last few months and myself hospitalised so…
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Jeremy Daphne

Hi Maria – thinking of you and Searatoa. I’ve lit a candle and sending strength.
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Andre Marais

Hi, good morning Maria, my deepest condolences on the passing of Oupa. I’m thinking of having a tribute to Oupa…
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Savera Kalideen

Maria, I’m heartbroken at your and Searatoa’s and our loss. Sending strength, hugs and courage to you all as you…
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Anna Ushamba

Maria I’m so sorry. My deepest condolences.
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Teresa Yates

Hi Maria, I just heard the sad news of Oupa’s passing. Deepest condolences to you and your family. I’m in…
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Philomena Hammond

My prayers are with you today. Be strong. Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and let the perpetual light…
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Little Sister, Akiko

Maria sorry to hear this sad news…we unite with you in prayer. Please take courage.
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Arnold Pietersen

Hi Maria, I saw the sad news on Facebook. Hamba Kahle cde Oupa. All the strength to you, Searatoa and…
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Priscilla Petersen

Hi my dear friend, I am just checking in to know how you and Searatoa are doing. I am so…
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Marilyn Budow

Dearest Maria – I always think of you two as great contributors to the struggle of life, and always in…
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Fouad Asfour

Condolences dear Maria and family. Oupa was and will continue to be a bright light of incisive thought and positive…
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Margaret, Cape Town

What a shock to hear about Oupa’s passing. I cant imagine Maria how you and Searatoa are feeling. Her father…
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Selby, CWAO

My sincere condolences cde. He was really a good man from what I heard and saw in our brief encounter….
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Cheryl Abrahams

You are constantly in my thoughts Maria. I am holding you tightly in my heart my dear. My wish is…
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Berenice Meintjies

Dear Maria I have been thinking of you so much. This loss has really gotten to me. I didn’t realise…
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Shehnaaz Bulbulia

Heartfelt condolences to you, Searatoa and family. Prayers for ease and sending you and Searatoa hugs, lots and lots of…
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Portia Maurice

Dear Maria, I am so sorry to hear of Oupa’s passing. I cannot imagine how it must feel to lose…
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Eric Itzkin

So sorry to hear of the loss of Oupa. Wishing you and all at Khanya every strength.
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Brenda Madumiso

So sorry to hear about the passing of Oupa. Heartfelt condolences to you and the family. Be comforted my sister…
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Mike Abrams

Strength to you in this most difficult of moments. Thinking of you all. Oupa’s light, leadership and deep wisdom will…
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Leon Caesar

Hello Maria, I was truly saddened when I learned of the passing of Oupa. It was like a bolt out…
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Jackie Cock

Dearest Maria, I think of you every day and am very sorry not being able to contact you before this….
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Desiree Manicom

Dear Maria, I heard the news and am so gutted. My mom and I attended the service on zoom yesterday…
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Terence Hutton

Sorry to hear about the passing of Oupa. You are in my prayers. Love
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Omar Badsha

My deepest condolences on your and the country’s great loss.
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Roger Ronnie

All strength to you and the family, and comrades of Oupa.
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Moses Cloete

Jammer, just heard. Sterkte!
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Juliet Kabe

Dumelang Mofumahad, I don’t know what to say. I just wish and hope that God gives you, the family, friends…
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Hassan Amra

Maria, my sincere condolences my dear sister, and to Searatoa. Really sorry my sis, it’s heart wrenching.
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Sheila, SACHEd

Dearest Maria, it’s been a long time and though we’ve bumped into each other a few times in Johannesburg, we…
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Prishani and Ahmed

Hi Maria, it’s difficult to find words to say how we feel about Oupa’s passing. He played a really important…
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Hope Khoza

Dear cde Maria, my deepest and most sincere sympathy and condolences to you and your family for this great loss….
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Dean van Rooy

Maria, I cant find the words. Oupa is/was one of a kind. You and Searatoa are in our thoughts. This…
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Anna Majavu

Dearest Maria and Searatoa, so very very soad for you and for cde Oupa. So hoped he would get better….
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Angela Conway

So much love sister. So sad. Will phone next week. Love to you and Searat. Thank you for sharing Oupa…
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Nomnikeo, CHW, Orange Farm

Hello dear, I’m so sorry about our loss. We are all hurt about our father, brother and comrade. Let us…
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Firoza & Jeremy Karodia

For Maria, from Oupa By Firoza & Jeremy Karodia As I float between space and time, Between the melodies of…
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Amina Frenze

Dearest Maria and Searatoa our sincere condolences. We are so sad and so sorry to hear of Oupa’s passing.
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Ishmael Lesufi

Dear cdes Maria and Searatoa, I’m interminably grateful to you for making it possible for me to attend Oupa’s funeral…
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Theresa Giorza

Maria, my friend, accept my deepest condolences for the loss of Oupa. Your loss is immense and your sorrow and…
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Luli Callinicos

Dear Maria, so shocked at the passing of dearest brilliant Oupa! Our thoughts and love with you both. Luli and…
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Malcolm Ray

Dearest Maria, It was great sadness that I learned of Oupa’s death. He was and will no doubt be remembered…
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Leonor & Jorge Lampiao, Mozambique

Dear Maria I followed with great sadness the death of the great partner and friend Oupa. In this time of…
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Zoltan and Sabine

Dear Maria I just learned from Joachim that Oupa lost his battle against the cancer. Although we didn’t had contact…
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Leonard Singer

Hi Mokesh Thank you for calling me to convey the sad news of Oupa’s passing. Please would you extend my…
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Jane Duncan

Hello Maria I just wanted to pass my condolences for the passing of Oupa. These are such terrible times, but…
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Katlego Gabashane

Maria I just wanted to extend my deepest condolences to you and Searatoa over the loss of ntate Oupa. He…
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William Shoki

You and the family are likely overwhelmed at this moment, but if there’s any chance you see this, I just…
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Faradiba Morton

Thinking of you during this difficult time. My sincere condolences to you and your daughter. I’m so sorry to hear…
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Terry Matthews

Good morning my dearest Sister Friend I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t actually have the words to…
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Mark Wigerif

So sorry to hear of Oupa’s passing. Condolences, love and strength.
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Modiehi

I am so heartbroken. I heard. I lost someone who made me, a brother, a teacher, a mentor. Please be…
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Jeremy Daphne

Hi Maria, thinking of you and Searatoa. I’ve lit a candle and sending strength.
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Karla Witbooi

Cde Maria Sterkte aan U en die familie. Ons het groot verloor.
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Pretica Singh

Hi Maria I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. Lots of hugs to…
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Dan Pretorius

Dear Maria I am so sorry to have missed the memorial to Oupa, I would have liked to pay my…
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Gigi Gosnell (Former Colleague)

For the memory of Oupa, we salute him for his commitment to social justice and he betterment of the quality…
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Leonard Gentle

A Revolutionary Life: Oupa Lehulere (1960 – 2021) “Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto”, “I am human, and…
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SLC – George

Angela and Phumi When we heard of Oupa’s death on Monday 29 Nov we felt a sense of disbelief and…
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James Kilgore, USA

‘A Unique Genius …’ By James Kilgore, a former Khanya colleague and comrade I first met Oupa Lehulere in 1992….
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Tom Bramble, Brisbane Australia

Dear comrades Condolences first of all on your recent loss. Oupa’s passing is a big blow to the left in…
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Agnes, Sweden

Maria, I don’t have words, it’s heartbreaking. He was one of the sharpest minds I have ever had the privilege…
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Anil Nauriya, India

So very sorry to learn of Oupa’s passing. He was such a gem. May he rest in peace.
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Tania Wolfenden, Britain

Hello Maria, omg, I’m so sorry to hear this.
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Shailja Patel, US

Dearest Maria just sawy FB post that Oupa has left us. No words, just tears. Wrapping arms around across oceans…
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Rebeca Hernandez, Cuban Embassy, Pretoria

Dear cde Maria, it is with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of cde Oupa, your beloved husband….
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Anna Gunterberg, Sweden

Hi Maria, dear friend, I saw the sad and tragic news on Facebook only now about Oupa. I am so…
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Ramila Nankoo, Canada

Hi my sweet sister, Ntokoz conveyed the bad news. My deepest condolences to you and the family. Am really very…
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Little Sister, Cherryl, Australia

Ohh Maria, I woke still with this sad shocking news of Oupa and I hope you and Searatoa are able…
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Cornelia Boge, Greece

My dear Maria, with great sadness and still not being able to believe. We just heard from Shosh that lovable…
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Shosh Morris, London, Britain

OMG Maria, we just heard the news. My heart goes out to you. He was too young, too full of…
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(Aunt) Agnes Sam, York, Britain

Dearest Maria how sad I am to hear your sad news about Oupa passing away. I will light a candle…
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Red Salute

By Issa Shivji, Tanzania I shan’t bury you For you’ll always live in my heart and thoughts. I shan’t sing…
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Biel, Switzerland

Dear Maria Dear Searatoa It is with great sadness that we learnt that Oupa has passed away. Even though we…
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Basel, Switzerland

Dearest Maria it is with great shock that I received the news of Oupa’s death and I would like to…
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Brot – Susanne David

Dear Maria, I did not have the pleasure to meet Oupa personally and was in contact with him only a…
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Regular Babler, Zurich, Switzerland

Dear Maria, dear Searatoa From Joachim I got the terribly sad news that Oupa has passed away. I’m thinking of…
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Mkuki-Na-Nyota, Tanzania

Dear Comrade Maria, It is truly with great shock and sadness that i learned a little while ago about the…
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    Struggle as volition, as free will Maria van Driel, soulmate and life partner Oupa Lehulere, has been my soulmate, my best friend and my comrade. We shared the belief since our youth that the working class will rise and rebuild society; and that capitalism would not determine our lives and how we responded to the needs of
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