President orders special funeral for Priscilla Mokaba

2013-12-25 19:47
Mac Maharaj (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The late ANC MP Peter Mokaba's mother, Priscilla Mokaba, will receive a special provincial official funeral, the presidency said on Wednesday.

"The president has ordered that all flags in the Limpopo province fly half-mast during the funeral on 28 December 2013 [Saturday]," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

The former activist and veteran of the liberation struggle, Priscilla Mokaba, 76, died of lung cancer at the Polokwane home of her daughter on Sunday, The Star newspaper reported.

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) said Priscilla Mokaba was not only a great mother to her children, but was a distinguished socio-political activist that worked for practical developments.

"We pass our heartfelt condolences to the Mokaba family and friends. We know that this is also a great loss to the ANC in Limpopo province and nationally," the ANCYL said in a statement on Wednesday.

"She will be equal to none in terms of understanding the political will and drive within a young lion. We call on our parents, particularly mothers, to learn from Gogo Mokaba that if they believe in us and guide us in our political engagements, we can be like Peter Mokaba."

On Tuesday, the African National Congress said she was a pillar of strength in her community.

"[We] applaud the role played by MaMokaba and many other selfless mothers like her who would have raised and nurtured a nation during the most turbulent of times in our history," spokesman Jackson Mthembu said in a statement at the time.

"This role she continued to play even during the democratic dispensation, guiding and leading generations to come to remain true and committed to the creation of a better society for all."

The Star reported that she was one of several political activists jailed in the 1980s. Her son was a former president of the ANC Youth League.

At the time of her death, she was reportedly involved in establishing soccer teams for elderly women and girls, teaching people beadwork, and running a vegetable project.

- SAPA

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