Zuma pays tribute to Albertina Sisulu

2011-06-03 09:28

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma paid tribute to ANC stalwart Albertina Sisulu on Friday after her death at her home in Linden, Johannesburg, at the age of 92.

"A matriarch and a nurse by profession, Mama Sisulu was one of the foremost mothers of the nation and the last of the colossuses of the struggle for the liberation of South Africa," Zuma said.

He said Sisulu had, over the decades, been "a pillar of strength not only for the Sisulu family, but also the entire liberation movement as she reared, counselled, nursed and educated most of the leaders and founders of the democratic South Africa".

Selfless service

"While we mourn her loss, we must thank her most profoundly for the selfless service to all South Africans and humanity at large, for her generosity of spirit and for teaching the nation humility, respect for human dignity and compassion for the weak, the poor and the downtrodden."

Zuma said that as a former president of the United Democratic Front and together with her husband Walter Sisulu, a former ANC president who died at the age of 90 in 2003, Albertina Sisulu dedicated her adult life to the struggle for liberation in South Africa.

The Sisulus spent most of their lives as ambassadors and leaders of the African National Congress, but in the process endured decades of banishment, detention, humiliation and exile.

Zuma said South Africa remained eternally grateful and indebted to Albertina Sisulu, a stalwart of the liberation.


"On behalf of government and the people of South Africa, we would like to convey our deepest condolences to the Sisulu family and thank them profusely for dedicating their daughter, mother and grandmother to the service of humanity," Zuma said.

After her death on Thursday one of her sons, Mlungisi, told the SABC: "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."

Family started arriving at Sisulu's house on Friday morning.

  • George - 2011-06-03 09:57

    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 Nazi inspired racist apartheid ideologies that once graced our motherland continent of Africa like a cursed dark dissapear forever and be replaced by human love, dignity, respect for all and universal humanity. That is what Sisulu and Mandela fought for. May her soul rest in peace.

      K_za - 2011-06-03 10:22

      If it wasn't for the British who brought the ideology and the NP who enforced the you really think we wouldn't be run by a black dictator like Mugabe or the likes of Malema? My deepest sympathies to the family. I just wish she had done more for woman in this country once her people were liberated.

      jowza - 2011-06-03 10:29

      kza.dont comment if you dont know what you talking about

      Oppressed - 2011-06-03 11:22

      @K za. the british came to still, the NP were sent by the devil and you must go top hell

      VELOCITY - 2011-06-03 14:20

      Hypocrite. Using this event to spew your misguided propoganda while revealing your deep rooted hate of white people. Shame on you Sir!

  • Shivermetimb - 2011-06-03 10:10

    Albertina Sisulu was a true gentlewoman. Her passing is mourned. Oh, and Eduard, your lack of respect is as appalling as your ignorance.

      Stoutgat - 2011-06-04 18:48

      Fu,,,cking terr bitch

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  • Utopian - 2011-06-03 10:15

    Rest in peace Mama Sisulu your husband and yourself are the example that i wish the current leaders would follow. You liberated people from an evil system and then without bitterness or hatred starting rebuilding a non racial society. What a pity that Julius Malema came along to ruin it all.

  • Matt - 2011-06-03 10:28

    I can imagine this could become a racial topic... so let's agree that she's passed away, whatever has been is now between her and God, and let our thoughts be with her family.

  • beicime - 2011-06-03 10:33

    Outstanding lady, member of a generation of outstanding people whose example of integrity and purpose is ignored by their successors.

  • Masendelakho - 2011-06-03 10:36

    True true Zuma. She was a colossus of the struggle, and the last one left is Mandela. The rest of you are power hungry, money grabbing, corrupt sons of b!tches

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-03 13:07

      Why did they have to mention Zuma & Albertina Sisulu in the same article...chalk n cheese.

  • Realbok - 2011-06-03 10:45

    JZ, what an Oxymoron!! you know (and even SAY) what this great woman did, taught and lived for, BUT you do not DO! This great example went to waste on you... A living paradox. Please let it sink in with the rest of our leadership!

  • Dazza22 - 2011-06-03 10:48

    Just a pity Zuma & Co don't pay tribute to all the farmers who are being murdered.......

      Michael - 2011-06-03 10:59

      @Dazza, are you suggesting that they are paying tribute to all the farm workers who get killed by their employers, or do you hold a view that deaths of farmworkers are just a mere collateral damage that happens in farms? By the way, this article got nothing to do with farm murders, and wonder why are you bringing it up. You sound like someone who had sour childhood...

      jowza - 2011-06-03 11:04


      Johnny - 2011-06-03 11:38

      the both of you Dazza and michael are idiots, just stop and allow her family to mourn their loss

  • amabok - 2011-06-03 11:50

    The Sisulus serviced humanity while Zuma and Malema go about destroying it. I throw up a little everytime I hear or read a quote from him.

  • Charmain - 2011-06-03 11:57

    how can u say mother of the nation I had my own Mother adn Father, this is getting a joke now. anc must blaming the old years they have been in power long and the country is still stuffed up

      mamakalami - 2011-06-03 12:56

      Charmain - I am suprised your own mother and father did not teach you to keep your mouth shut if you don't have anything nice to say.

      Realist - 2011-06-03 15:59

      mamakalami, I agree....

  • RickyC - 2011-06-03 12:38

    Maybe brother leader lover Zuma should take a leaf out of her book....

  • shane82 - 2011-06-03 13:24

    Beautiful message - George. i am used to reading racist/unwise comments .But your comments are to the point and as classy as it could get. i couldnt add more. Ofcourse- may her soul rest in peace and let us thank God for her outstanding life.

  • DonQuixote - 2011-06-03 13:33

    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 appreciate your sacrifices. WATHINT' ABAFAZI, WATHINT' IMBOKODO!!! RIP

  • mshini wam - 2011-06-03 14:12

    I guess Helen Zille will now use MAma SIsulu name in 2014 election campaigns. Its just shows how she belittle ANC stalwarts contribution in liberation struggle. Same as with OR Tambo name, Chris Hani and Solomon Mahlangu

      Realist - 2011-06-03 16:01

      you are one of those that should also shut up when you dont understand a damn thing. Hellen Zille fought the good fight with these veterans, she was ONE OF THEM! Her message is true, the current ANC cannot uphold the ideals these people fought for.

      mshini wam - 2011-06-03 20:00

      Did Helen join the march to Pretoria for Pass laws, please correct me on that. Where did Helen feature was she detained, house arrest etc during apartheid government. Did she lost children who were killed by white government. Read your history and you will know

      mshini wam - 2011-06-03 20:04

      Ok now I understand, where fight was good unlike MaSisulu who raise her children alone while her husband was in jail for 26 years. Did Helen experience any brutality in the hands of fellow whites during apartheid who were in power. Please educate us @ Realist

  • African'shtr - 2011-06-03 14:13

    Zuma get back to work people want jobs, houses, clean water and electricity, sisulu is gone now she went to heaven if so, now do the job to those who can witness not those who wont even say thak you

  • abrham - 2011-06-03 18:33

    one of the last true democrats - the remaining lot is a pile of rubble

      Zolisa - 2011-06-03 22:46

      To everyone who feels the pain of the death of this icon ,i say to you ,do not worry,Mama Sisulu has played her role in liberating this country,She was a mother ,a fighter ,a pillar ,a strong woman who never turned ,i respect her and will always do ,no matter what,the struggle is continuing ,and asijiki.

  • IQ - 2011-06-04 11:35

    “…….Mama Sisulu was the last of the colossuses of the struggle for liberation in SA,” Zuma said. Surely Nelson Mandela is the ‘last of the colossuses' of the struggle for liberation in SA’ Does this imply that perhaps Don JZ thinks Nelson is rather insignificant? RIP Albertina.

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