R.I.P Fr Bernard Wrankmore

Kairos Southern Africa mourns the death of Anglican priest Fr Bernard Wrankmore, who died last Friday at the age of 86.

He is particularly well-known for his decision, in 1971,  to fast until the Apartheid government opens an inquest into the death of Imam Haron.

He chose the kramat on Signal Hill to conduct his fast and it was only with encouragement from his closest friends that he decided to call off the fast.

We salute him for his courage at a time when such a clear and public stand was unusual. Hamba kahle Fr Bernard!


2 responses to this post.

  1. my dad was the most courageous person I ever met. He was absolute in his convictions and allowed nothing to deter him from following what he believed to be right. We were raised to know that all people are equal in the sight of God, that no one should be judged by their creed, skin colour or circumstance, and that we should always treat others as we would wish to be treated. I honour my dad for his life and his principles and thank him for the incredible legacy he left his family and all who remember what he stood for. And especially in these days when so much is being done to stir up anti- Muslim feeling around the world, i beg us all to remember that in the sight of God we are all brothers and sisters. Please let us not allow ideologies, religion and fear to come between us. Let us continue the bridge-building dad started in our part of the world in 1971 by standing up against the terrible crime committed against his Muslim brother in God. I was so honoured to meet Imam Haron’s daughter, Fatima, at the funeral this week. My heart went out to the little girl of 7 she was when her dad died under such horrible circumstances in 1969. I can only imagine how I would have felt in her place. Janis Lister nee Wrankmore



    • Posted by Ray Botha on June 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Janice, We were both at Stellenbosch in early 70’s, protests at St G’s cathedral etc.
      Anyway, my condolences, your father was one of the best.
      Warmest wishes



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