MaSisulu was a leader – Mantashe

2011-06-07 10:49

Late ANC stalwart Albertina Sisulu was a leader in her own right, not just the wife of Walter Sisulu, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said today.

“In the minds of many people Mama Sisulu was Walter Sisulu’s wife ... in her own right she was leader and an activist, therefore she is not just an extension of Walter Sisulu,” he told journalists at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

“Patriarchy ... tends to relegate women into objects, when they are married to men they get described as so-and-so’s wife.”

Mantashe was briefing the media on activities planned to pay tribute to Sisulu, 92, who died in her Linden home last Thursday.

Memorial services are to be held across the country in the run-up to Sisulu’s state funeral on June 11. 

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