The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) is shocked and devastated by the untimely passing of the ANCWL and African National Congress (ANC) greatest struggle icon and stalwart, Mam Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela.
The epitome of the struggle against inequalities, unemployment and poverty is no more. One of the prolific women leaders our country has had is gone but will never be forgotten. She will forever remain one of the astounding activists and embodiment of ANCWL values that we will always refer to in the struggle against emancipation of women. She will forever remain an encouraging figure in the fight against patriarchy and male chauvinism in and outside politics. A selfless fighter of the unjust laws of oppression against the poor and the working class who earned herself a title of “Mother of the Nation” through her selflessness and love for all.
She endured physical and emotional torture under the apartheid regime and never thought of quitting the struggle to follow her career as a professional social worker. Because of her love of the people she remained committed to the struggle for better live for all until her last day on earth. The ANCWL takes this moment to send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to both the Madikizela and the Mandela families. We take this moment to send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to both the Madikizela and Mandela families as we mourn the mother of the ANCWL who led the ANCWL during the most difficult times of our country and ANC most trying times of our country when all the odds were against her.
The struggle could never have been what it became without the undying zeal and passion of Mam’ Winnie both for the country and our people. The Mandela name we revere today was kept alive by her through the most difficult times. As a woman she kept the family and the hopes of all black people alive. It’s a very sad loss to women emancipation.