Mandela Foundation mourns passing of a ‘treasure’

2011-06-03 09:31

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said South Africa had lost a treasure with the death of Albertina Sisulu.

“A stalwart in our freedom struggle and in the early years of our new democracy and a pillar of strength for the Sisulu family when her husband Walter was in jail, she served as an example of selflessness and service,” the foundation said in a statement this morning.

“As Nelson Mandela said in 2003 at the opening of the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre, ‘She [Albertina] deserves so much credit for the quality of a life of service that Walter led. Her own sacrifice and service deserve as much of our respect and recognition’.”

In Parliament on May 9 1994, it was Albertina Sisulu who nominated Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela as president of a democratic South Africa.

He was then unanimously elected by Members of Parliament.

“She was, as Mr Mandela said, quite simply ‘wise and wonderful’,” the foundation said.

Sisulu died at her home in Linden last night. She had been watching television while her family prepared supper. 

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