How should Winnie be remembered?
The role of Mother of the Nation was bestowed on Comrade Nomzamo Mandela by the masses of our people. Her fearless defiance of the apartheid regime was a source of inspiration and a beacon of hope that galvanised the youth into a mighty force to end apartheid rule. Her heroic sacrifices will inspire us on our challenging journey to economic freedom. Rest in peace mama Wesizwe.
Sihle Biyase KwaZulu-Natal
One of the bravest women the world has ever seen.
Winnie was a beautiful person inside and outside. Remember her as the Mother of the Nation.
I think she must be remembered in the same way as her husband. She did a lot for this country.
Vukani Makhosikazi via SMS
I wish South Africans could wake up and remember that in a revolution, the course you take is never about a person, but about the benefit of the people. It is cowardly, judgemental and unethical to utter rude observations about uMam Winnie. You didn’t know her, or what she had to put up with daily or hourly. Appreciate that you are where you are today because of a selfless revolutionary like her. Lastly, not many would walk a day in her shoes, so wake up Mzansi and face the fact that we lost a heroine.
She was four years older than I am. I was an initially politically naive white girl indoctrinated with apartheid poison, but with liberal parents who taught me that everything about apartheid was wrong, she became symbolic to me of what I wanted to be: strong, proud, fearless, a warrior, a fighter, a soldier for truth and justice against a despicable and unholy system which mercilessly killed black people. Viva Winnie and thank you. You helped me understand the power of many women who survived horrendous torture and came back stronger. You strike a woman, you strike a rock. She was that rock. If found guilty, they should be jailed. They need to be treated like any other common criminal. This beautiful country has been brought to its knees by corruption, greed and gross incompetence. Every corrupt minister and official must be fired and brought to justice. This will not, however, recover the hundreds of billions of stolen and misappropriated rands that all the hard-working, law-abiding citizens are now suffering without. Everything is going up – VAT, electricity, rates – to pay for this theft. What is happening to the perpetrators (Zuma, Duduzane, the Guptas, Gigaba)? Nothing. This corruption, greed and incompetence has to be severely dealt with. I think South Korea’s 24-year jail sentence for their ex-president’s corruption should be used/copied here in South Africa. Enough! Eskom should be investigated for the costly conversion to SAP, which was initiated by Paul O’Flaherty, Eskom’s former chief financial officer. He initiated a questionable replacement of laptop computers with Toshiba, at what appeared to be an excessive price. The figure of R20 000 per laptop was being quoted within the business, when far superior laptops were available at half the price. Many employees were unsure of the motives for some of the questionable and costly changes he implemented. I am disappointed with the two SOEs doing illegal business with the Guptas. It’s a pity because all that money can’t be recovered. Those who are found guilty of issuing illegal tenders must face the music.