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'ANC will not let Sisulu down'

By Sipho Masombuka | Jun 10, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 25 ]

ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe says the greatest honour the party can bestow on the late Albertina Sisulu was to ensure that it did not marginalise individuals of her calibre

"It is the movement that shaped them and they in turn shaped the movement. I thank the Sisulu family for giving the whole family up to the struggle for liberation," Mantashe told the audience attending Sisulu's memorial service in Tshwane.

Mantashe evoked giggles from the gathering when he shared quotes from the letters Sisulu wrote to her imprisoned husband, Walter Sisulu.

He said Albertina Sisulu referred to informers as "worms" and wrote to her husband that "the worms have gone so strong that when you plant, the worms destroy the plants instantly".

"This was one of her many novel ways of updating her husband and other detained freedom fighters about the status of the struggle for liberation without catching the attention of prison officials," said Mantashe.

ANC Women's League president and Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said losing a person of Sisulu's standing was an unbearable blow "but the process of healing must begin".

She said Sisulu was a fearless warrior queen from a family of loyal cadres commanding global respect.

"She was a genuine friend for all seasons, a mother, a neighbour and a leader who always led from the front and behind the scenes.

"She dedicated her life to the construction of a democratic state. Her entire life is part of our history," Motshekga said.

The service was attended by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Nelson Mandela's wife Graça Machel, former minister in Thabo Mbeki's presidency Essop Pahad and other government ministers and ambassadors.

Sisulu will receive an official state funeral tomorrow. She will be buried alongside her late husband at Croesus Cemetery, Industria.

A night vigil will be held this evening at the Holy Cross Anglican Church in Soweto followed by a valediction to be held at Sisulu's Soweto home on Saturday morning before the funeral service at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto.

Official proceedings are expected to begin at 9am at Orlando Stadium, where President Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver the keynote address.

"There will be 80 buses used to transport family and dignitaries," said Gauteng traffic police spokesperson Obed Sibasa

Dignitaries attending the funeral will travel from Albertina Sisulu Hall in Randburg to Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

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....I was waiting for it!

Jun 10, 2011 6:30 | 0 replies

FEYLPOP1 - Some people are you denying you the fruits of your sacrifice?

You mean, all of the ANC top dawgs?

Jun 10, 2011 9:32 | 0 replies

@Sinudeity>>>yebo baba>>>these guys are just maing a mockery of our hard fought democracy. Ppl join the movement for tenders<>not for the love of it and the will to serve the masses

Jun 10, 2011 9:43 | 0 replies

FEYLPOP1 - Unfortunately that is true. If you are one of the 2,000 ANC top dawgs, you are set. But if you are one of the other 49,998,000 South Africans, you merely get scraps.

Jun 10, 2011 9:49 | 0 replies

@ FEYLPOP1... Sosha uyazi baba, memories memories'' But now it tenders''tenders'' and TENDERS Basikhohliwe tu..

Jun 10, 2011 10:17 | 0 replies

Fukc the ANC!

Jun 10, 2011 11:41 | 0 replies

batsadi ba rona, gare ba tlotle , ga ba sa tshela re a ba bugisa. Ge ga sule mo re sala re tlhaba dikgomo, re ba isetsa ga bana sepe le tsona.
Ge ba ile ba ile baithobaletse!!!

Jun 10, 2011 12:19 | 0 replies

Obvious the ANC can never let the Sisulu's down she is one of their own, Ask Juju. Ja ne so much for selflessness living in Linden, now how much of the Sisulu's wealth have they shared and how did they get it and that goes for all top officals (Mashatile, Mokonyane) just to mention a few, Yes they voted at the townships but do they live there? however RIP MaSisulu clutch you at the cross road, we all gonna see the sun shine one day you just got there a little quicker.

Jun 10, 2011 12:58 | 0 replies

i will miss ur good work mama sisulu

Jun 10, 2011 1:13 | 0 replies

@jahneh this is not the rite time lets respect mama sisulu for now.

Jun 10, 2011 1:19 | 0 replies

ANC has so far let most communities down. Why commit not to let down one person? We love the Sisulus,Tambos,Mandelas...etc but its a kick in the face when corruption is on-going, failed promises and such. What did ANC promise after Walter Sisulu's death?

Jun 10, 2011 1:41 | 0 replies