Choose Anton Steenkamp, 57, was doing what he beloved, touring Africa along with his spouse, Catherine, when he was bitten by the snake on Monday, the household stated.
“We’re devastated. No phrases. What an unimaginable man. His spouse, Catherine, continues to be on her personal in Zambia. They have been touring Africa. We as a household have been very, very happy with him,” relative Ruby Steenkamp advised Information24.
His shut mates have described him as a person of integrity, one who was variety and beneficiant to individuals he got here throughout.
Shut good friend Charles Leonard, the humanities editor at The Dialog Africa, stated Steenkamp was his comrade from the 1980s, after they have been college students. Leonard described Steenkamp as an “distinctive” particular person.
He stated whereas Steenkamp was variety, beneficiant, loyal and dedicated to bettering extra than simply society, he additionally had an distinctive mind, and was one of many best on the bench.
“He was a progressive particular person, actually dedicated to a non-racial society. I’m completely devastated. We used to talk virtually day by day on the telephone,” he stated.
Though Steenkamp was based mostly in Cape City, he wouldn’t miss assembly up with Leonard when he was on obligation on the Johannesburg Labour Courtroom.
“He and his spouse Catherine have been doing what he beloved a lot – touring by his beloved Africa,” he stated.
Steenkamp’s good friend, well-known journalist and creator, Anneliese Burgess stated she was “bewildered” by the information of his loss of life.
“We’re completely devastated. None of us can start to understand what has occurred. He was such a superb man, and such a mensch,” Burgess stated.
Burgess recalled that the final time she noticed Steenkamp was at her e book launch in Cape City in 2018. She was “so touched” that he had made an effort to be on the launch.
“‘Stenie’ as he was identified to all of us previous Stellenbosch lefties was merely among the best individuals I knew, and I’m utterly devastated on the information of his passing,” she stated.
Writer, columnist and documentary filmmaker Max du Preez stated Steenkamp was a scholar activist, and when he completed learning in the direction of his LLB diploma, he went and labored for anti-apartheid Afrikaans nationwide weekly newspaper, Vrye Weekblad as a result of he strongly believed within the combat towards apartheid and for democracy.
“Once we closed our doorways he went again into the authorized career and he turned one of many youngest judges ever. Once I consider him, if somebody asks ‘what does integrity imply?’ i say go and have a look at Anthon Steenkamp,” he stated.
Du Preez stated Steenkamp additionally had a enjoyable facet of him and was adventurous and at all times travelled.