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Sina Keitsing dies

2012-07-11 19:55

Johannesburg - Sina Keitsing, who provided safe passage to many exiled ANC members in Botswana during apartheid, has died, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory said on Wednesday.

She also hosted former president Nelson Mandela at her home in 1962, spokesperson Sello Hatang said.

"Mr Mandela stayed with the Keitsing's in their house... as he prepared to travel throughout Africa to promote the armed struggle of the African National Congress.

"As the Keitsings were in the process of building their house, Mr Mandela slept in the same room as the couple with his comrade Amien Cajee, who had driven him to Botswana."

On the same trip, Mandela received military training in Morocco with Algerian freedom fighters.

Keitsing is the widow of 1956 treason trialist Fish Keitsing.

In 2009 she received the national Order of Luthuli from President Jacob Zuma for her contribution to the struggle.

The centre sent its condolences to the Keitsing family.