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Joyce Motaung - an unsung heroine of freedom struggle

By unknown | May 08, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Gabatlhokwe Letsoela

Mmapaulina Joyce Motaung has passed away.

Motaung, of 3437A Msenge Street, Zone 3 Pimville, was born in 1929. She spent her youth and early adulthood in Alexandra.

She grew up during a difficult period in the history of the country's political development. At the time, Motaung was a young woman, a final-year student nurse at the then Boksburg Benoni Hospital.

She was recruited into the ANC in 1952 by Johanna Mpesi and received into the organisation by the late Alfred Nzo and Thomas Nkobi, who both became her lifelong friends and close comrades.

In 1953 she was elected secretary of the Alexandra branch of the ANC and became a close friend of Flori Mophosho and Muriel Sodinda. She joined the ANC Women's League in 1954.

Motaung's first direct encounter with the security police happened at this time. Police came, harassed and conducted searches at her home and also threatened members of her family.

She had the privilege of working under the stewardship and leadership of great people such as Mme Albertina Sisulu.

Motaung, who had attracted the attention of the security police because of her political involvement, found it difficult to find work in hospitals after obtaining her nursing diploma in 1952.

She could only work for doctors in private practice. But they warned her not to bring the security police into their practices.

Motaung was part of all the ANC's major campaigns - the potato boycott, the bus boycott, the struggles against the hated dompas for women and the launch of the Freedom Charter.

She was detained by the security police with Mophosho and Sodinda in 1955.

Motaung knew and interacted with a lot of people in the leadership of the ANC - such as Eli Weinberg, John Jele, Bram Fischer, John Nkadimeng, Joe Modise, Bertha Mashaba, Isaac Mogase and a host of others.

After the march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956, the security police got into the habit of picking her up and keeping her for days in detention.

The longest period she stayed in detention was 10 months in Pretoria where she contracted tuberculosis and had to spend six months at Knights Hospital.

Motaung was an unheralded heroine of the struggle and a woman of great faith and it is that commitment to the struggle and faith in God that sustained her.

She who is survived by her son will be tomorrow.

The funeral service will be held at the Methodist Church, Zone 2, Pimville, at 8am and the cortege leaves for Lenasia Crematorium at 9am.


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