ANCWL pays tribute to Mama Lambert
Johannesburg - ANC veteran "Mama" Ellen Lambert was a gift to the party and an integral part of the struggle against apartheid, the ANC Women's League said on Thursday.
Lambert died at the age of 78 on Wednesday, while visiting her son in Durban.
"Mama Lambert was a gift... and has always dedicated all her life working for the ANC. Even in difficult times, she never had second thoughts about working for the movement," the African National Congress Women's League said.
"The loss of Mama Lambert is heavy and grievous to many cadres because she has been able to share the historical significance of the past events and got everyone thinking about defining the mission and vision which they strived to accomplish," it said.
"Through her wisdom and good political advice, the ANC has always found solace in her ideas and [found] answers to the difficult questions confronting our struggle today."
The ANCWL conveyed its condolences to Lambert's family and encouraged them to "take pride" in her contribution to South African society.
"Mama Lambert worked tirelessly for progress in South Africa and has never been discouraged by her gender status in a society of patriarchy and racial oppression," it said.
Lambert joined the ANC in 1953 and was one of the Freedom Charter volunteers. She also operated underground while the party was banned, and contributed to the formation of the United Democratic Front.