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ANC mourns Albertina Sisulu

2011-06-03 08:40

Johannesburg - The death of struggle veteran Albertina Sisulu has left the ANC in shock, disbelief, and devastated at the loss of a mother, ruling party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Friday morning.

"If she was sick, we would have expected it. Even though she was 92, she was still up and about, her death has taken us by surprise," Mthembu said.

"We are devastated that an icon and veteran of the ANC has passed on. When it was difficult to be loved by your own parents during the struggle, because they didn't understand it, she was there to give us wonderful political guidance and motherly love."

He said the ANC remained indebted to Sisulu and her leadership when the ANC was banned, and its leaders imprisoned or in exile.

"Mama Sisulu as an icon and a leader of the United Democratic Movement gave leadership when it was unfashionable to lead.

"We owe so much of the freedom we enjoy today to people like her. We owe democracy to the likes of Mama Sisulu. We will miss her."

Funeral

Mthembu said government would be working with the family to prepare for Sisulu's funeral. The funeral announcement would be made in due course, he said.

A planning committee would also be tasked at organising a memorial service.

Sisulu died suddenly at her Linden home in Johannesburg on Thursday.

One of her sons, Mlungisi, reportedly said: "Mama was sitting in a chair watching the news as they prepared supper. And you know, all of a sudden she slumped to one side... Paramedics were called.

"In the house she was with two of her grandchildren... and the ladies who keep the house."

Another of her children, Beryl, who is South Africa's ambassador to Norway, said: "I think I'm still in shock because I was talking to my sister who was in the same room with her and she said she was fine, and the next 20 minutes you hear that she passed away."

Meanwhile, family have begun arriving at Sisulu's house on Friday morning.

Comments
  • Timothy Nchabeleng - 2011-06-03 10:05

    RIP Albertina Sisulu - Its an honour to have lived in your lifetime

  • Werner - 2011-06-03 10:09

    The ANC is devastated that a 92 year old person has died? Devastated! These are out leaders, sigh...

      jowza - 2011-06-03 10:27

      huh?

  • wakkerslaper - 2011-06-03 10:26

    Please remind me why I should mourn someone who committed acts of terror (e.g. planting of bombs in CIVILIAN targets like restaurants, post offices, bars etc) and neck-laced innocent people who opposed the terrorist/communist ANC…

      Michael - 2011-06-03 10:51

      Go and play with yourself, wakkerslaper if you've got nothing sensible to write. I wish you were trapped in a condom, and got flushed away!

      Lekker Jan - 2011-06-03 10:54

      Hey Bro, you're not only going to mourn her, a good chunk of your tax money is going to pay for her lavish funeral!

      jowza - 2011-06-03 10:58

      gaan slaap wakker.die forum is nie vir dof mense nie

      Sizwe Mogale - 2011-06-03 11:20

      @wakker... die plek is nie vir dof mense nie! Really now? SMH

      wakkerslaper - 2011-06-03 11:41

      Julle beledig my maar nie een van julle antwoord my vraag nie. You insult me but none of you answer my question.

      JustMe - 2011-06-03 18:33

      You do it by choice! I respect her for what she stood for and believed in. I always wonder how would whites have handled being segregated, how would you answer your hungry child if he asked you to go buy him something to eat and you could not enter the restaurant/shop because of your race ? BTW I am white and Afrikaans, if that should matter!!

  • Ruffstuff - 2011-06-03 11:10

    Always fight for a place in the sun. Your goals and intentions were honourable. I am not an ANC supporter, but admire dedication to the cause of freedom for all. I salute you. My express condolences to your family and to friends; the ANC can be proud that you were one of their esteem members.

  • DonQuixote - 2011-06-03 13:29

    Everyone's a critic ... Ma Sisulu, your spirit has been infinitely greater than these poor, witless commentators on this website who live a life of denial and guilt. You have been set free, and your words and actions will live on forever in the hearts that appreciate your sacrifices. WATHINT' ABAFAZI, WATHINT' IMBOKODO!!! RIP!!!

  • DonQuixote - 2011-06-03 13:33

    Everyone's a critic ... Ma Sisulu, your spirit has been infinitely greater than these poor, witless commentators on this website who live a life of denial and guilt. You have been set free, and your words and actions will live on forever in the hearts that appreciate your sacrifices. WATHINT' ABAFAZI, WATHINT' IMBOKODO!!! RIP

  • JustMe - 2011-06-03 18:24

    Listened to an interview with her this morning on the radio. What a wonderful lady. RIP.

  • Darlington - 2011-06-04 18:57

    lala kahle mama sisulu

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