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ANCWL pays tribute to Mama Lambert

2012-04-12 17:40

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.

Comments
  • Shirley - 2012-04-12 17:57

    Condolences to her family. However I hope this is not going to mean another R1000000.00 plus funeral out of taxpayers money???

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-12 18:27

      ... Every article Has the same responses...

      adele.gossjacobs - 2012-04-13 09:38

      You don't have to worry,she will infact be burying herself,with no contribution from them

      ansly.brown - 2012-04-13 10:13

      Ouma Lambert will be buried with the help of those who knew her and not by those who USED her,we will not be made political tools by anybody. R I P Ouma Lambert.

      alleweyag - 2012-04-13 17:59

      During the apartheid era many coloureds was part and parcel of the struggle Ellens family felt the brunt only recently Ellen got the job at the ANC If there is one lady that should get that FUNERAl of a milion rand then its her butknowing her its not what she could get but what she could give don't worry she is paying for her own funeral just as she was side stepped then we will accept it now

      Benita - 2012-04-20 07:56

      I wish it did cost the ANC a million for her funeral believe me she would have deserved it after all her years of service

      Benita - 2012-04-20 07:56

      I wish it did cost the ANC a million for her funeral believe me she would have deserved it after all her years of service

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-04-12 18:24

    Bless her soul.

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