The Mercury

ANC Women’s League lays it on for Winnie

- Luyolo Mkentane

THE ANC Women’s League is organising a number of events, including a big cultural festivity, to celebrate Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s 80th birthday on Monday.

The Mother of the Nation – as Madikizela­Mandela is known to many – was showered with praise for the role she played in the liberation struggle during a Women’s League media briefing in Johannesbu­rg yesterday.

The League said the birthday celebratio­ns represente­d all facets of Madikizela­Mandela’s life.

This ranged from “politics, culture, unity and social cohesion to beauty and style”.

It said the programme would be “three-fold, over two consecutiv­e days” and would guarantee that all South Africans got an opportunit­y to celebrate.

An official birthday message book would be available at the Mandela home in Soweto from tomorrow to September 27 for all who wanted to wish her well.

There will also be a carnival at Vilakazi Street from 11am to 6pm on Sunday.

A gala dinner in her honour will be held at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park on Monday.

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