ANC thank­ful for Mama Win­nie fu­neral

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS -

THE ANC has thanked its mem­bers and ev­ery­body across the length and breadth of our coun­try and be­yond our borders for lend­ing a hand in giv­ing our stal­wart and leader, Mama Win­nie Madikizela­Mandela, such a rev­o­lu­tion­ary and dig­ni­fied send­off on her fi­nal jour­ney.

“The ANC com­mends South Africans for in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively shar­ing the bur­den of pain and loss with the Madikizela and Mandela fam­i­lies.

“As the ANC we know, based on our own his­tory, that when shared the bur­den be­comes lighter.

“The na­tion and the world’s sol­i­dar­ity with the fam­ily in their mo­ment of loss made it eas­ier for us and the fam­ily to con­tend with this mon­u­men­tal loss.

“South Africans, through their sup­port dur­ing her last miles into im­mor­tal­ity, made a re­sound­ing state­ment of em­brac­ing Mama Win­nie as their leader and the em­bod­i­ment of their as­pi­ra­tions.”

It said the burial date marked a new era that will be re­garded as post­Win­nie Mandela era in our coun­try.

“It will, among other things, fo­cus on the strug­gle to de­feat pa­tri­archy and the eman­ci­pa­tion of our coun­try from poverty, in­equal­ity and gen­der op­pres­sion.

“As we en­ter the era of the in­ten­si­fied strug­gles for eco­nomic eman­ci­pa­tion, we are in­spired by Mama Win­nie Madikizela­Mandela who, not only em­bod­ied the ideals of eco­nomic jus­tice for all, but also fought with un­com­pro­mis­ing re­silience for the as­pi­ra­tions of the down­trod­den masses of our peo­ple.

“We would like to thank our govern­ment, the army, the po­lice, the emer­gency ser­vices, the me­dia, all po­lit­i­cal par­ties and, most im­por­tantly, South Africans and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and lead­ers, for their sup­port and sol­i­dar­ity dur­ing our mo­ment of col­lec­tive grief.

“To the fam­ily, we want to say: they re­main an im­por­tant part of our na­tion. We will con­tinue to work with them to pre­serve and ad­vance the proud and rev­o­lu­tion­ary legacy of Mama Win­nie Madikizela­Mandela.

“As the ANC and the coun­try, we owe our Mother of the Na­tion and her fam­ily a debt of grat­i­tude that we will never be able to re­pay in our life­time.” – ANC

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