Joburg council initiates process to honour Mama Winnie

2018-04-26 17:46
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela during an interview with the City Press newspaper at her home in Soweto in 2010. (Photo by Gallo Images/City Press/Leon Sadiki)

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela during an interview with the City Press newspaper at her home in Soweto in 2010. (Photo by Gallo Images/City Press/Leon Sadiki)

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The Johannesburg City Council started a process to determine an appropriate manner through which to honour Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

It announced on Thursday that the City’s Section 79 Committee on Community Development has been mandated to handle this task.

Madikizela-Mandela died on April 2 at Netcare Milpark Hospital after a long illness. She was 81.

"Her life was well lived, and her dedication selfless and fierce," said Mayor Herman Mashaba.

He said Mama Winnie, who worked tirelessly to build a nation underpinned by freedom and equality for all, should be honoured in a manner befitting her enduring legacy.

In a statement, the City said the original report was amended before tabling in Council, to ensure that a process will be followed that will be consultative, involving Councillors across the spectrum of political parties to participate in this process.

"This was done to ensure the process transcends party politics, in accordance for the manner in which her legacy has," said Mashaba.

He explained that the consultative process to be undertaken by the Committee will serve to identify a befitting tribute to the Mother of the Nation, and will also allow the community at large, as well as Mama Winnie’s family, to make and consider proposals to pay homage to the struggle icon.

"In taking the decision to formally honour Mama Winnie – a proud resident of the City – Council noted that she spent her life as a pro-poor warrior fighting against the injustices of Apartheid South Africa," said Mashaba.

"The unanimous nature of support in Council for this decision is a tribute to her legacy transcending any political party," he said.

"Mama Winnie will forever be remembered as one of the most renowned struggle veterans of the Apartheid-era, and as a women who harboured a deep commitment to the service of the people of this country."

*This story has been amended after the City of Johannesburg recalled a statement that was erroneously sent out, indicating the City approved the renaming of its council chambers after Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela

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