In Winnie’s name
Women took to the streets in black and wearing doeks on their heads
Othousands of women in South Africa heeded the call from #All Black With A Doek that trended on social media in honour of ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela Mandela.
Women wearing black and donning the doek were all over the streets of Joburg, some getting in and out of taxis.
A group also gathered outside the ANC’s Joburg headquarters in Chief Albert Luthuli House, dancing on the pavement and singing songs.
This group were dressed in black and wore ANC doeks and scarves.
We spoke to some of the women on the streets about what Madikizela Mandela’s life meant to them.
Mpho Mafisa, 36: “I felt the need to dress like this because I feel she has done so much for us.
“I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for people like her fighting the struggle the way she did, fighting for us black women.
“We want to say she must rest in peace knowing that those that remain will continue to uplift a black child in South Africa.
“We will also continue to support women in our time.”
Nthabiseng Mokoena, 28: “Because I was born in the 90s, I got to experience the transition that our country went through and I was in the midst of all the action.
“uMam’ Winnie’s contribution to this country was major, she has really fought and supported the late Tata Mandela during his imprisonment and a short time after.
“For me being dressed in black is a tribute to her but I wish I could do more. Dressing in black and the doek is not enough.
“Especially because we are women we should look up to her. To be strong for ourselves and our families, our children and our men. We are the real leaders and Winnie showed us.”
Ditlallo Bocibo 45: “I feel that woman around South Africa grew accustomed to men taking the wheel all the time and being at the helm. But Mama Winnie taught by example to stand for what one believes in. She stood for what she believed in and if all women around would do the same and not look up to men always, we would achieve more as we are destined to.”
Tiffany Margolis 26: “She was a powerhouse and a strong-willed woman. She took no nonsense from any man. As a young woman I think going forward, I should emulate her fighting spirit
Promise Lekubu 24, Eulanda Ntimane 34, Zanele Mhlanga 27 and Tiffany Margolis 26