Joburg hon­ours Mam Win­nie

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The Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor, Cllr Her­man Mashaba, has posthu­mously con­ferred the Free­dom of the City to anti-apartheid stal­wart Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela at a coun­cil event at­ten­deby her fam­ily.

The Free­dom of the City is the high­est hon­our the mu­nic­i­pal­ity can con­fer on any il­lus­tri­ous in­di­vid­ual or group in recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts in fly­ing

the City’s flag high glob­ally. “This hon­our is long over­due,” said Mayor Mashaba at the con­fer­ment cer­e­mony held on Tues­day, 25 Septem­ber, in­side the oval-shaped Coun­cil Cham­ber, a day be­fore Madik­izela-Man­dela’s birth­day. She would have turned 82 to­day. He said Madik­izela-Man­dela de­serves much higher hon­ours than the ones the City was propos­ing to be­stow upon her but it is the least we can do in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of a life lived for the up­lift­ment of all of us. The cer­e­mony was

at­tended by Madik­izela-Man­dela’s chil­dren, Zindzi and Ze­nani and grand­son Zondwa Man­dela.

“It is in­deed shame­ful that we had to wait un­til the pass­ing of Mam’uWin­nie to recog­nise her for her con­tri­bu­tion to this coun­try’s free­dom,” said Mayor Mashaba. In the 1960s and much of the 1970s, when the ANC and other lib­er­a­tion move­ments were banned and forced un­der­ground, it was Madik­izela-Man­dela who kept the flame of lib­er­a­tion burn­ing. When South Africa’s

mem­o­ries of Nel­son Man­dela, Wal­ter Sisulu and oth­ers were be­gin­ning to fade, it was Madik­izela-Man­dela who re­freshed our col­lec­tive mem­o­ries, putting her then in­car­cer­ated hus­band top of mind. When the Na­tion­al­ist Party govern­ment thought they had rel­e­gated the mem­ory of Nel­son Man­dela to the dust­bin of his­tory, Win­nie re­vived it.

“Madik­izela-Man­dela’s be­lief in the cen­tral­ity of in­di­vid­ual free­dom along­side the need for so­cial and eco­nomic

free­dom, as the best means for cre­at­ing a free so­ci­ety, should res­onate with all of us. Through her nu­mer­ous acts of de­fi­ance, she sought not only to protest against all the evil poli­cies that were im­ple­mented by the apartheid govern­ment but also protested against the apartheid govern­ment it­self,” the Mayor said. Mayor Mashaba called on Coun­cil to ex­pe­dite the ap­proval of a pro­posal to name the City of Jo­han­nes­burg’s Coun­cil Cham­bers after Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela.

Pic­ture: Moses Moyo

City of Jo­han­nes­burg, Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Cllr Her­man Mashaba has posthu­mously con­ferred the Free­dom of the City to anti-apartheid stal­wart Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela at a coun­cil event at­tended by her fam­ily and City Of­fi­cials.

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