Dignitaries visit Sisulu family home

2011-06-03 12:05

Johannesburg - An emotional Valli Moosa left the Johannesburg home of ANC stalwart Albertina Sisulu on Friday.

Moosa, the former minister of tourism, said it was with great sadness that he heard about Sisulu's death on Thursday night.

Sisulu, 92, died on Thursday night while watching television at her home in Linden.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane also visited the house to pay her respects to the Sisulu family on Friday.


"Ma Sisulu was my mentor, she made us value ourselves. She taught us how to be decent and look presentable and to never go to bed an angry person," she said in a statement issued ahead of her arrival.

Sisulu was a strong believer in the leadership of women.

"She believed in the collective. She showed the way in terms of how people need to behave in the struggle," said Mokonyane.

Sisulu had opposed "Bantu education" and ran schools in her own home. She took part in the launch of the Freedom Charter and participated in the 1956 women's march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest over the apartheid laws.

She remained a humble leader regardless of many ups and downs in her political and personal life, said Mokonyane.

After the death of her husband Walter, former president of the ANC, in 2003, she continued to champion the cause of the vulnerable, including children affected by HIV and Aids and those with special needs.

Funeral arrangements would be communicated later.


Mokonyane was accompanied by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane.

A family friend Nosizwe Nokwe arrived at the house on Friday morning.

Nokwe said her family had three generations of friendship with the Sisulus.

"I was shocked to hear of her death because she was in good health. "She was always spritely and full of life... she was one in very many," Nokwe said.

Earlier, the Sisulu family set up a table with refreshments and food for the journalists lining the street outside the house to interview people arriving to pay their respects.

Tributes poured in for Sisulu on Friday.

A former deputy president of the ANC Women's League, many of the tributes to her focused on her service to others.

Deputy Public Service Minister Ayanda Dlodlo said outside the house that Sisulu would be remembered as a role model for generations to come.

ANC provincial secretary for Gauteng David Makhura was among those who visited the family.

  • Santapola - 2011-06-03 12:34

    @Eduard Khil...what are u on about? do u still want to have a media coverage? i thought u had ur time and let Mama Sisulu rest in peace tog...

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-03 12:44


  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-06-03 12:59

    Mai Susulu, may you rest in peace, as one of the really good women in the ANC who worked at it among the sick and needy. Set apart from all those greedy ANC politicians who pay lip service to the poor and go on looting the country.

  • JRS - 2011-06-03 13:53

    ... look where the country is now?????

      jowza - 2011-06-03 14:08

      No you tell us

      Phumla Galada - 2011-06-03 14:32

      JRS... You seem to be criticizing .... I think it is far better than the apartheid regime where only whites were dominant. KHOHLWA go back home you don't belong to this South Africa.

  • Eduard_Khil - 2011-06-03 14:03

    I will bet you that old white people wilnever get this much media attention, typical of the new south africa

      jowza - 2011-06-03 14:26

      which white people of note

      Flasheart - 2011-06-03 14:56

      Evita Bezuidenhout?

      mhlongoms - 2011-06-04 03:23

      u r a person of limited intelligence,what does race have to do with sum1 dying?people only get recognised 4 their achievements in life,because ur achievement is to see things in black and white,when u die,u wont get as much coverage

  • Smindlo - 2011-06-03 14:05

    really now? News24 is this all you have? can the poor sould be left to rest in peace and let us move on with life. we have had enough already.

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-03 14:05

    I sympathise with the family on their loss, and may she rest in peace. But really do we need 10 headlines and hours and hours of news coverage? I understand the president or Madiba would attract this sort of coverage, but in all fairness I doubt most people knew who she was.

      Smindlo - 2011-06-03 14:10

      my point exactly. let the poor woman rest in peace. life moves on. if politicians were as this passionate when it came to service delivery this would be a great country. disgusting behavior from all the ANC hyenas.

      jowza - 2011-06-03 14:25

      maybe in your community.the rest of the country knew her very well

  • Ray - 2011-06-03 14:07

    Obviously Julius Malema was not a good student of this enlightened mentor

      jowza - 2011-06-03 14:24

      no.julius went to the same school as stece kakmeyer

      BOY30 - 2011-06-03 14:25

      She was already old by the time Juju was born.

  • Phumlani Blose - 2011-06-03 14:31

    It's amazing how people use this form as a platform for political differences. This is about ukhokho Abertina's mourning. Where I come from we respect the dead and don't use it for the benefit of the political remarks.

      Valis - 2011-06-03 15:11

      Dead is dead. Dead people don't know anything any more, respect is wasted.

  • samborn - 2011-06-03 14:40

    May her soul rest in peace she leaves behind a legacy,condolences to the family.

  • Phumla Galada - 2011-06-03 14:44

    May your soul rest in peace MAWETHU, MAWESIZWE. You worked hard for this country. To the family god has given and god has taken. For us we must comment constructively. I hate to see people like "What de D"... issuing racial remarks like Kafffiiiir and thanks goodness another pap eater dies. People this an elder person despite of her involvment in a politic. We should pay respect for everyone who pass on. I really hate such comments. What de D: watch what what you are saying. This is not your site but for all of us to comment constructively not to be morons like you do. Give me your straight contact details i will prove the point to you. You pissed me off.

      Oppressor - 2011-06-03 15:49

      One less ANC vote.

  • grenville - 2011-06-03 21:44

    Dignitaries arrive !! WHO ? WHAT! She was a great woman lets remember that way must Now you so called dignitaries who have put this country into disarray with greed Iam sure that Ma did'nt condone this and nether would Walter the old school look after there nation not like our dignitaries only care for themselves, your turn will come when the youth will rise. Vavi has said it 1976. RIP

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