30 November 2017, Johannesburg: It is with sadness that the Foundation for Human Rights (the Foundation) bids farewell to one of its longest serving staff member, Lucrecia Seafield, the programme manager for the promotion of constitutional rights awareness programme, who passed away on Wednesday evening after a long illness.
Lucrecia was not only a human rights defender but also an activist. She worked for Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) before coming to the Foundation in 1996 when it started. She was an abolitionist and was part of the struggle to abolish the death penalty in an effort to save the lives of political activists who had been sentenced to death for opposing apartheid. Much of the earlier litigation funded by the Foundation owed its origins to her tireless struggle for justice. Lucrecia took time out when she married Wally and worked in Nigeria for many years before she returned to the Foundation in South Africa. She loved life and her work and for her the struggle to realise rights was not an academic or professional struggle but was part of how she lived her life.
We pay tribute to her today and will miss her a lot. This week we also say goodbye, to Advocate Rudolph Jansen, a close friend of Lucrecia and the Foundation and a former Director of LHR, who passed away on the 25th of this month.
Her passing on will leave a huge void as she was a tireless champion of human rights for all.
Our heartfelt condolences go to her daughter, Nicky, her partner Wally and her family.
The Foundation will advise of the date and time of the funeral.
May her soul rest in peace.
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