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ANC stalwart laid to rest

By Sapa, SABC | Apr 16, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 2 ]

ANC Women's League stalwart Ellen Lambert has been laid to rest at Reiger Park in Ekurhuleni

Lambert, who was affectionately known as "Aunt Ellen" among party members, died at the age of 78.

She joined the ANC in 1953 and was one of the Freedom Charter volunteers. At her youthful stage, she worked with ANC leaders including Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada and many others.

Lambert operated underground during the banning of the ANC and was constantly harassed by police.

During the 1980s, Lambert worked tirelessly for the formation of the United Democratic Front, leading major campaigns opposing the apartheid tri-cameral parliament.

After the unbanning of the ANC, she was among those who established the first ANC branches in Reiger Park, Actonville, and Eldorado Park. Among the mourners were Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana.

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This is MommaC's role model

Apr 16, 2012 10:4 | 0 replies

But who was she? I honestly did not know this lady. The ANC is not making good use of its veterans to transfer traditions and values to the younger generation. We do not have to hear about these stalwarts only when they are gone. The other problem is that there ar many of these stalwarts who are living in abject and grinding poverty when young boys who were members of the Self-Defence Units in the 1990s want to claim a government pension as MK veterans.

Apr 16, 2012 12:3 | 0 replies