Zuma lauds ‘selfless’ Manto

2009-12-22 12:16

Former Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang was a selfless

South African who experienced little joy in her life, President Jacob Zuma said


“We say with no fear of contradiction that she remains an

undisputed hero of our struggle who dedicated her life to the ideal of a free

and democratic South Africa,” he said, speaking at her state funeral in


He said Tshabalala-Msimang had little joy in her life due to the

decision she took of not surrendering until South Africa and its people were

free from racist oppression. Zuma said she had been part of the tireless pursuit

of meaningful change and the improvement of the quality of life for all,

especially the poorest of the poor.

“Today we are called upon not just to mourn her passing but

celebrate a life that has unreservedly been dedicated to this country and its


In honour of the late minister, the fight against poverty and

hunger must be intensified.

“We must prioritise nutrition programmes and promote general health

and well-being of our people,” he said.

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