THE BIGGEST TREE HAS FALLEN! A woman amongst women has fallen. An icon of the struggle, iqhawe lamaqhawe lihambile! Umaphuma efumbethe esiswini sikanina aze ahambe efumbethe ukuba yinkokheli yabantu. Minister of Women In the Presidency and ANCWL President Bathabile Dlamini in a series of Tweets pays tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
SOUTH AFRICA has a long time to wait until she gets such a lioness who fought the apartheid regime as well as the oppression and patriarchy within the ANC, her movement, with the might it deserved. A real daughter of the soil, the rock of our nation is no more.
My heart is bleeding but I know the hearts of many a woman is celebrating because of what she did for them. She fought tirelessly, defending the whole nation up until the enemy misguided with the hope of destroying her but she prevailed and as usual stood the test of time.
I am so sorry that Queen Mother from the United States will not be able to see Mam’Winnie as she told our SG Meokgo in the UN recently that it was very urgent that she met Mama Winnie!
I am sorry to you SG that this happens whilst you were preparing for Queen Mother’s journey to South Africa.
Throughout that process of celebrating her life, she allowed us to show our small ability to honor her bravery, her love, commitment and ability of an unassuming daughter of the soil.
Nothing was ever able to shut her down! When Bab’uGwala told us that Mam’ Winnie never joined government but joined the ANC when she was fired from Cabinet, we were made better persons with Sis’ Thandi Modise and Lulu Xingwana.
We wanted to fight for her to remain in Cabinet and Bab’uGwala said no one can expel Winnie from the ANC and indeed no one expelled her from the her Organisation, the ANC.
She and Bab’Gwala marshalled very angry forces who had numerously been attacked by the third force and the forces of darkness at the memorial service of Chris Hani in Pietermaritzburg’s former market square.