In Win­nie’s name

Women took to the streets in black and wear­ing doeks on their heads

The Sunday Independent - - Winnie - AMANDA MALIBA N FRI­DAY,

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

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Prom­ise Lekubu 24, Eu­landa Nti­mane 34, Zanele Mh­langa 27 and Tif­fany Mar­go­lis 26

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