CAPE TOWN: The ANC Youth League in the Western Cape [is] saddened at the passing of a fearless freedom fighter and a mother of the nation.
“Mama Winnie was from an early age very active in the liberation of South Africa and there is no doubt that as a black woman revolutionary in her own right she felt the brutality of the apartheid system. Not only was her then husband, President Nelson Mandela sentenced to life in prison but she was banished for taking the system head on,” the ANCYL said in a statement.
“We will forever remember and draw inspiration from Mama Winnie for her ability to speak truth to power when it was unfashionable even to the leadership of the ANC and democratic South Africa; her unwavering care and support for a generation of ANC Youth League leadership who defined and bravely championed our generational mission of economic freedom in our lifetime while many leaders of the ANC were impatient with them; and her nurturing of youth activists at the height of apartheid where students were protesting against Bantu Education, to the extent that COSAS named her as its honorary President.”
“Mama Winnie was highly educated, which exemplifies our call that young people should go to school and pursue higher education degrees. Mama Winnie understood that a revolutionary needs to get educated in order to lead others.”
“Mama Winnie showed us that women are leaders of revolution in their own right and that the place of a woman in society can never be reduced to being in the shadows of powerful men. She was a leader who was willing to say uncomfortable things.”
“We bid you farewell Mama, knowing that you are joining the other great women like Charlotte Maxeke, Lilian Ngoyi, Dulcie September, Nontsikelelo Sisulu, Adelaide Tambo, etc”
“We wish to assure you that your ability to speak truth to power will find expression among our generation. We want to assure you that this generation will realise economic freedom in our life time,” the league added.