Role model

2008-10-23 00:00

Much attention was rightly given in July this year to the milestone of Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday. This week the same landmark has been reached by Albertina Sisulu, wife of the late Walter Sisulu who was Mandela’s closest friend and mentor during their long years together in prison. Hers has been an exemplary life of a shared struggle with her husband and family for a just South African society. She experienced detention without trial during the apartheid years, bearing it with dignity. Her marriage to her imprisoned husband remained unshakeable and when he was set free in late 1989 he simply joined her again in their small home in Soweto, choosing not to take a seat in Parliament but to spend time, in his old age, with his wife and family.

Albertina Sisulu has been, throughout these years, an anchor of hope for her distinguished family and for many others.

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