For skills-universe members involved in labour law and union members, this morning I received the email posted below from the South African Labour Law Association – SASLAW.
It is truly shocking, and the words “mourn a loss” come to mind. What a great loss. Whether one encountered Anton Steenkamp as a lawyer – either defending or opposing, or subsequently as a Judge, the loss to the judiciary, to labour law, and to our society are enormous. A reminder to take every day of life seriously.
Our condolences go to his family, colleagues, and associates, and many others, who will mourn his loss.
“Dear Members of SASLAW
We are very sad to pass on the news that Judge Anton Steenkamp passed away on Monday, 20 May 2019.
Judge Steenkamp was on long leave and travelling in Zambia when he was bitten by a snake and subsequently died. Our thoughts and prayers are with Judge Steenkamp’s wife and his family as this terrible time.
Judge Steenkamp will be fondly remembered as an excellent judge and labour lawyer who contributed significantly to the development of our labour law jurisprudence. He also served as the National President of SASLAW.