The liberation struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela celebrated her birthday. The civic organisation said that Madikizela-Mandela is a living heritage and a true revolutionary who has made an invaluable contribution towards the building of a united,non-racial,non-sexist,democratic South Africa as a human rights activist and anti-apartheid leader.
“The mother of the nation’s resilience, courage and indomitable fighting spirit has inspired generations of youth and women to strive for freedom, non-racialism and equality,” said SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu.Mahlangu said that though Mama Winnie had been through the worst in the face of detention, banishment and isolation during the incarceration of her former husband, the late Nelson Mandela, she inspired and kept the hopes of the oppressed masses alive during a difficult time. “Though she was regarded as controversial by supporters of the apartheid state and those who did not understand her cause for emancipation of women from the triple oppression of class, race and gender, Mama-Winnie has engraved herself and build a monument in the hearts of our people and our communities as a timeless, selfless and fearless leader,” he highlighted.
He said that she is a timeless beauty but at the same time a dynamite with matches, one who spoke truth to power and who is passionate about human rights and gender equality, who had led from the front when doing so meant either long periods of incarceration, banishment and death. “She must be celebrated for her loyalty and compassion to the people and for putting them above her own interests. She was not a Mandela add on, she like US Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton was and remains a leader in her own right. Had age and health permitted would have made President without needing her husband’s name and or credentials to achieve that,” he added.