How should Winnie be re­mem­bered?

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Mzuk­isi Gaba

West­ern Cape

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.

Her­man Goosen

East­ern Cape

Winnie was a beau­ti­ful per­son in­side and out­side. Re­mem­ber her as the Mother of the Na­tion.

Amos Phosiwa


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.


East­ern Cape

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.

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