WSU trib­ute to Ma Win­nie

Late strug­gle stal­wart re­ceives hon­orary doc­tor­ate from uni­ver­sity

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Late strug­gle stal­wart Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela re­ceived an hon­orary so­cial sci­ence doc­tor­ate from the Wal­ter Sisulu Uni­ver­sity (WSU) on Thurs­day.

She was hon­oured at the Za­muku­lungisa cam­pus.

Madik­izela-Man­dela’s emo­tional el­dest daugh­ter, Ze­nani Dlamini, ac­cepted the doc­tor­ate on her mother’s be­half and thanked the uni­ver­sity for mak­ing his­tory and also for hon­our­ing Madik­izela-Man­dela while she was still alive. She re­minded the stu­dents about Madik­izela-Man­dela’s his­tory and said with­out her strong will and her un­shake­able be­lief that one day her peo­ple would be free, she would not have been able to with­stand it.

“My mother would want to em­pha­sise to you to­day that the ac­cess that you have to higher ed­u­ca­tion with all its many im­per­fec­tions did not fall down from the heav­ens. “It was fought for at a great cost to so many of our peo­ple and their fam­i­lies. In ac­tual fact it was the dream that one day the youth of SA would have ac­cess to equal ed­u­ca­tion [that] drove my mother and her com­rades to con­tinue to fight the sys­tem of apartheid,” she said.

She called on the more than 1,000 grad­u­ates to grab op­por­tu­ni­ties in life with both hands. “If my mother could have spo­ken here to­day she would have said that de­spite all the hur­dles that you have al­ready jumped over, there are still more that lie ahead of you and they will keep on com­ing. De­spite this you have op­por­tu­ni­ties that her gen­er­a­tion did not have.

“Make the fam­i­lies even more proud and make my mother even more proud. My mother would have en­cour­aged you to never stop do­ing your best. She would warn you that this next lap of your jour­ney is not go­ing to be easy,” she said.

“There are dreams to ful­fil, achieve­ments to be made and his­tory books to be writ­ten like the his­tory books that should be writ­ten about my mother and I hope that to­day there are writ­ers here who will cor­rect the his­tory of the women in SA on her be­half.”

WSU vice-chan­cel­lor pro­fes­sor Rob Mid­g­ley praised Madik­izela-Man­dela as a won­der­ful ex­am­ple for women, adding that the uni­ver­sity was proud to be as­so­ci­ated with her.

Stu­dent leader Mx­olisi Zoko said they were dis­ap­pointed that Madik­izela-Man­dela was not able to re­ceive the award her­self. “She was sup­posed to be given the doc­tor­ate dur­ing the May grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony but she sadly passed away a few weeks be­fore that. We want the uni­ver­sity to keep hon­our­ing such he­roes.”

Three doc­tor­ates were also con­ferred to stu­dents Sanc­tion Madambi, Nomvuyo Md­lame and Mzi­wonke Luningo.


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