Celeb generation struggles to define Sisulu’s legacy

2011-06-03 16:23

While tributes continue to pour in for Albertina Sisulu after her passing last night, some young people struggle to piece together the contribution that she had made towards the South African liberation.

“I have heard of her name but I don’t really know who she was,” said Tegan Chetty (19) from Joburg.

“It is not that I am not interested in knowing about South African history, it is just that I think celebrities are given more recognition than our struggle heroes which is why we will never get to know about people like Albertina Sisulu,” Chetty added.

Said Witness Tshabalala (23) from Protea Glen: “Young people no longer feel attached to their history which was why they don’t know the sacrifices that she made so that we can live in peace and have the freedom to go where we want go.”

Soweto resident Kefiloe Tleane (24) is among those who do remember Sisulu for the support that she had given to her husband, ANC activist Walter Sisulu: “I just know that she was there for her husband every step of the way.”

Naledi Nakedi, (21), from Naledi, said she regarded Sisulu as an icon who paved the way for women to have the same rights as men. “She was one of those black women you could look up to during apartheid,” said Nakedi. “She did a lot of things to help the community such as building a school for the disabled.”

Sisulu was an anti-apartheid activist whose political involvement included her joining the ANC Women’s League as its deputy president. She also helped to form the Federation of SA Women which organised a march to the Union Building to hand over a petition against the extension of pass laws.

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