Ma Mbeki a true servant of the people: Mogoeng

2014-06-08 18:58
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (File Beeld)

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (File Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Former president Thabo Mbeki's mother Epainette, was a true servant of the people, a patriot and an inspiration to a number of people, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said on Sunday.

Epainette Mbeki, 98, died in East London on Saturday.

Mogoeng said the ANC stalwart was a true embodiment of the indomitable spirit of mothers in the country.

"Today we mourn the passing of Mama Mbeki and we salute her for the immeasurable contribution and sterling role she played not only in the struggle for our liberation but also in helping us create a new South Africa that we are so proud to call home," he said.

"She endured the unimaginable sacrifice of spending well over two decades of her life living like a widow while her husband was languishing in Robben Island, in pursuit of freedom for all in our motherland."

Mogoeng said Mbeki bore emotional scars of separation for long periods of time from her children.

"Although we are saddened by her passing, we will continue to salute her selfless contribution to the betterment of the lives of scores of people whose paths she crossed," said Mogoeng.

The Mbeki family said her funeral would be held at the family home in Ngcingwane, Dutywa, Eastern Cape on Saturday 14 June.

Meanwhile the ANC Women's League has hailed Mbeki as an activist in her own right and said she had played a pivotal role in South Africa's history.

"The ANC Women's League has expressed sadness at the passing of Mama Epainette Mbeki, a stalwart of the anti apartheid struggle who as an activist in her own right played a pivotal role in South Africa's history and our transition to democracy," said ANCWL president Angie Motshekga in a statement.

"We know that for countless other wives and mothers like her, she never experienced a harmonious and peaceful family life, sacrificing for the cause of our liberation.

"She was always rooted in the struggle of her people and actively organised and assisted men and women in her Eastern Cape community, sometimes out of her own pocket.

Motshekga said no matter the hardships she faced personally, Mbeki never turned away those less fortunate than her family.

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