CAPE TOWN: The African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, will tomorrow visit the home of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, at mid-day, his spokesperson has said.
In a statement issued by his office, Mthembu said will be “accompanied by members of the ANC Parliamentary Caucus will tomorrow visit the home of the late ANC veteran Member of Parliament, Comrade Mama Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela, at mid-day.”
Madikizela-Mandela died yesterday in the afternoon at Netcare Milpark Hospital “after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year. She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved on,” the family said in a statement.
Born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1936‚ she moved to Johannesburg to study social work after matriculating.
She met lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in 1957 and they were married a year later. They had two children together.
However‚ her marriage life with Mandela was short-lived‚ as he was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to life imprisonment for treason. Mandela was eventually released in 1990.
Mthembu joins other prominent figures across the country who visited the home of the struggle stalwarts of the ANC. The ANC Caucus has also postponed its planned Lekgotla “which was scheduled to take place from Friday 13 April 2018 to Monday 16 April 2018, [will now] take place from Friday 20 April 2018 to Monday 23 April 2018, in order to give members of Caucus an opportunity to pay their last respects to our great revolutionary icon, Mama Winnie, who will be laid to rest on Saturday 14 April 2018 in Johannesburg,” the statement reads.