Tributes for Sadtu leader

Sechaba Molefe

Sechaba Molefe

SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) deputy general secretary Don Pasquallie died in a car accident in Napier, near Bredasdorp in the Western Cape, on Sunday.

It is alleged his brother Alfredo and three others also died in the tragic accident.

Born on March 12 1962 to teachers Nick and Anne Pasquallie, Don's family relocated to Cape Town where he started school at Tygersig primary in Uitsig. He later went to Spes Bona High School. When the 1976 riots erupted, he was a Standard 7 pupil at Bellville South High School, and was actively involved in student politics.

Like other youths of his generation, all he ever wanted was a better education for the country's masses.

Pasquallie followed his parents into teaching.

While attending Bellville Training College, the community of the area recognised his mathematical abilities and requested him to teach matric.

Pasquallie joined Sadtu in 1991 as a member of the Elsies River branch of the Western Cape. He rose through the ranks to the position of provincial secretary of the Western Cape, and in 2006 he joined the national leadership of Sadtu as deputy general secretary. He served on the provincial development council of the Western Cape as well as the deputy chairman of the Council of the University of the Western Cape.

Pasquallie is survived by his wife and three daughters.

He will be buried tomorrow at Spikland Cemetery in Bellville, Cape Town.

The service, at His People Church, starts at 9am.