Win­nie packed a pis­tol to par­lia­ment

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

WIN­NIE Madik­izela-Man­dela and Thandi Modise car­ried guns on their first day in par­lia­ment as MPs‚ Modise has re­vealed.

The rev­e­la­tion was made on Thurs­day dur­ing a trib­ute by ANC MPs to the late strug­gle icon and for­mer so­cial de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Zola Sk­weyiya‚ who died shortly af­ter Madik­izela-Man­dela.

“Some of us said: Do you have gun safes? Be­cause there was no rule that said you can­not walk into this place with­out a gun‚” Modise said in a video clip that was tweeted on Thurs­day by ANC spokes­woman in par­lia­ment Non­ceba Mh­lauli.

Modise‚ chair­woman of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces‚ said Madik­izela-Man­dela was a “tow­er­ing fig­ure of our life­time‚ a piv­otal woman of our his­tory”.

“Like Deborah in the bi­ble‚ her ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment were stead­fast. Her ded­i­ca­tion to the strug­gle against apartheid and pa­tri­archy was al­ways un­shak­able.

“She hated poverty‚ and that is why she never made money.”

For­mer safety and se­cu­rity min­is­ter Charles Nqakula paid trib­ute to Sk­weyiya.

“I want to apol­o­gise to com­rade Zola‚ even at this late stage‚ that some mem­bers of the ANC de­fined him‚ and some other veter­ans of our strug­gle‚ as ‘so-called veter­ans’‚ ‘empty tins’. Those who have been in the ANC for a long time know com­rade Zola‚” Nqakula said.

“He showed his lead­er­ship and very good lis­ten­ing skill. He was able‚ care­fully and cor­rectly‚ to read po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in our coun­try and abroad. His an­a­lytic prow­ess was amaz­ing.”

THANDI MODISE

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