ANC will miss Ruth Mompati

By Drum Digital
13 May 2015

The ANC on Tuesday said it would miss Ruth Mompati's unwavering determination in serving the nation.

The 89-year-old politician died in the early hours of the morning following a lengthy illness, ruling party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

"The African National Congress sends its deepest condolences to Mama Ruth Mompati’s family and friends. We thank them for having borrowed us this icon of the struggle of liberation of the South African people," said Kodwa.

"The ANC and South Africa as a whole has lost a towering giant and a mother to countless generations of activists. May her soul rest in everlasting peace knowing that her role in building our country’s future will never be forgotten; as a people we owe it to her and generations before that our vision of a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society comes to pass."

President Jacob Zuma said Mompati's absence would be felt.

"The whole nation is mourning, in particular those who worked with Mme Ruth from exile to Parliament and various structures of both the ANC and government," he said.

"We feel an immense void."

Mompati had joined the struggle when she was a young woman and continued to serve her country until very last days.

She had a huge legacy within the political sphere having worked beside the late former president Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo in their law practice between 1953 and 1961.

She joined the ANC in 1954 and was elected to the National Executive Committee of the Women's League.

She was involved in the Defiance Campaign and went on to be a founding member of the Federation of SA Women.

"She was later one of the leaders of the historic women’s march on the 9th August 1956," Kodwa said.


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