Albertina Sisulu 'slumped in chair'

2011-06-03 07:20

Johannesburg - ANC stalwart Albertina Sisulu, 92, collapsed and died in her Linden, Johannesburg home on Thursday night, SABC news reported.

One of her sons, Mlungisi, told the broadcaster: "Mama was sitting in a chair watching the news as they prepared supper. And you know, all of a sudden she slumped to one side... Paramedics were called. In the house she was with two of her grandchildren... and the ladies who keep the house."

Another of her children, her daughter Beryl, who is South Africa's ambassador to Norway, said: "I think I'm still in shock because I was talking to my sister who was in the same room with her and she said she was fine, and the next 20 minutes you hear that she passed away."

ANC spokesperson Brian Sokutu told the Associated Press that Sisulu "dedicated all her life to the ANC and to the defeat of apartheid and ushering in of constitutional democracy in South Africa".

She celebrated her 92nd birthday in October last year.

Her husband Walter, a former ANC president, died in 2003 aged 90.

The Congress of the People said she was one of the "truly great icons" of the national democratic revolution.

"Albertina Sisulu's life story is the narrative of the struggle for equality. South Africa is a poorer place for the loss of one of the true South African greats," spokesperson Phillip Dexter said.

  • Johnny - 2011-06-03 07:37

    may you rest in peace

      Yoni - 2011-06-03 21:16

      Rest in that hair piece!

  • Masendelakho - 2011-06-03 07:43

    Rest in peace Mama Sisulu

  • wanda - 2011-06-03 07:43

    lala ngoxolo mama,comrade

  • mamakalami - 2011-06-03 07:48

    My since condolences to her family.

  • Wow! - 2011-06-03 08:13

    May you rest in peace. Our thoughts are with your family today.

      Yoni - 2011-06-03 21:26

      And the SABC who bored you to death!

  • Jacques Jones - 2011-06-03 08:28

    rest in peace mama and my sincerest condolences to the family

  • George - 2011-06-03 08:45

    She and her husband ( Walter Sisulu spent 20 years in jail) never enjoyed their God given lives because of some Nazi apartheid ideology that put people like Nelson Mandela in jail for over 27 years. May God grant her peace and serenity that the inhuman apartheid system through its machinery denied her and millions of other innocent people. Their sin was to articulate human rights for all, freedom of expression in their motherland continent of Africa. Never again, as Mandela said, should one Nazi inspired ideology oppress other people anywhere on earth with the support of the apartheid complicent electorate who repeatedly voted NP into power years after years. May these foreign racist ideologies that once graced our motherland continent of Africa dissapear forever and be replaced by human love, dignity for all and universal tolerance. May her soul rest in peace. - 2011-06-03 10:19

      why all the thumbs down???? this is an excellent comment!!!!

      Angry Boris - 2011-06-03 12:33

      georgie boy, have you ever considered how long they wouldve lasted in an african jail? their sin was to break the law of the day, which was to not plant bombs to kill innocent people. what do you think the anc is becoming today? they are a nazi party who forces their will onto others, AA, BEE, etc etc.

      Thangy - 2011-06-03 13:09 Because they all loved apartheid

      tryanything - 2011-06-03 13:28

      Only problem there are very very few of her quality left..

      Noah - 2011-06-03 13:42

      you are right never again shall this beautiful country of ours be ruled by white folks.who enjoyed apartheid and still do

      tryanything - 2011-06-04 05:42

      Noah is a clot Sure whites wont rule this country.Trouble is that there are no Quality people left to do it. The Republic of the Western Cape is going to have to fight for independance.

  • Bafana - 2011-06-03 08:46

    Rest in peace mama, you will always be remembered.

  • BlackandProud - 2011-06-03 09:12

    Rest in peace mama.

  • jowza - 2011-06-03 09:34

    R.I.P.Thank you for all your sacrifices.we will never forget you

  • busi.mashele - 2011-06-03 09:46

    Lala ngoXolo Mama WeSizwe! Rest In Peace Mother Of The Nation.

      Yoni - 2011-06-04 00:12

      Thanks for all the thumbs downs, don't forget to remove the scourer from Gogo's head so you can scrub the pots after the funeral!

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  • lungalawrence.jawe - 2011-06-03 10:24

    This is really a great loss to us all. Another Golden comrade has left us. Sincere condolences to the family.

      tryanything - 2011-06-03 16:44

      Like I said before there are no more only pricks like Noah....

  • Goldenk9 - 2011-06-03 10:34

    May her sould R.I.P

  • S.Soga - 2011-06-03 12:00

    Thank you and your family.....

  • DiePriester - 2011-06-03 13:08

    Hopefully Winnie is next.

      Linda - 2011-06-03 15:53

      No. You're next. May you have a brutal exit.

  • tryanything - 2011-06-03 13:30

    Hope we get a public holiday

      Linda - 2011-06-03 15:55

      No. But we'll get one when you die. Saving my best wine for that day.

      tryanything - 2011-06-03 16:46

      Sorry Linda no disrespect was meant.

  • Victor - 2011-06-03 13:33

    RIP mamma Sisulu

  • DonQuixote - 2011-06-03 13:40

    Everyone's a critic ... Ma Sisulu, your spirit has been infinitely greater than these poor, witless commentators on this website who live a life of denial and guilt. You have been set free, and your words and actions will live on forever in the hearts that remember and appreciate your life and your sacrifices. WATHINT' ABAFAZI, WATHINT' IMBOKODO!!! RIP

      Yoni - 2011-06-04 09:38

      For those who don't speak Xhosa Nostra's lingo, I think it means: If you meet a lady at a pub, you strike it lucky!

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  • brian - 2011-06-03 14:11

    i will miss u mom

  • whereu - 2011-06-03 14:13

    We are mourning the loss of a wonderful human being, and yet there are still those who have something nasty to post. Let us put away our differences to celebrate an outstanding life devoted to the well being of all of us. To Mama Albertina Sisulu's family, may you be comforted at the time of your great loss.

  • Keabua1 - 2011-06-03 14:44

    Rest in peace mama, you fought the good fight. Unfortunately others are trying to turn this article into a degenerated debate. We shall not entertain their ramblings. A luta continua

  • Lesoga - 2011-06-03 14:45

    Homotsegang ba ga Sisulu.

  • Linda - 2011-06-03 15:52

    Lala uphumule ntomb'endala. Uwenzile owakho umsebenzi.

  • nandipha.cukula - 2011-06-03 15:55

    R.I.P. Mama Sisulu, uskhonzele phambili. UMzansi has lost a gem, but i blv you are reunited notata Sisulu in heaven.

  • Perfume - 2011-06-03 18:26

    Deepest condolences to the Sisulu family on their loss :(

  • Sam - 2011-06-03 18:43

    Nando’s joins South Africa in mourning Albertina Sisulu A fiery passion for human rights, no matter what the circumstances, is something that defines so many of South Africa’s extraordinary struggle leaders. Few, however, had the common-touch of Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu who became mother, and then grandmother, to millions – making them feel that anything is possible if you are on the side of right. For her dignity, compassion and unwavering dedication to human rights for all, Nando’s salutes Ma’Sisulu. As a fiercely proud company born on South African soil, Nando’s will continue to draw inspiration from Mrs Sisulu’s incredible life in the years ahead.

  • Skuinskoek - 2011-06-03 21:27

    RIP. Ms Sisulu. I admire women like you - people in their own right, raise children and support their partners. THANK YOU FOR BEING AN EXAMPLE FOR THE YOUTH - THERE SHOULD BE MORE LIKE YOU.

  • Lunguza - 2011-06-03 23:34

    her husband was never ANC president, this news24 site is good but its becoming more quantity rather quality orientated!!!

  • dxulu - 2011-06-04 14:22

    U underdeveloped uneducated politicians..have you gat no respect for the dead...this was no ground for your political views..its about Mme sisulu

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