Saturday, June 11, 2011

Madiba hails dignified Ma Sisulu

By Lelethu Mquqo
11 June 2011


In a message delivered on his behalf by his wife Graҫa Machel, former president Nelson Mandela hailed Albertina Sisulu as one of the greatest South Africans ever.

Madiba, who was a close friend of the Sisulus and a colleague of Walter Sisulu, said Ma Albertina fought for liberation in a quiet, dignified way.

Thousands of people, including a host of dignitaries, are attending her official funeral in the Orlando Stadium in Soweto today.

Meanwhile, the Mandela family celebrated the life of Madiba’s 13-year-old great-granddaughter Zenani today.

She was killed a year ago in a car crash on the way home from a soccer World Cup evening concert in Soweto.

A special memorial stone for Zenani was unveiled in the Fourways Memorial Park in Johannesburg.

Before leaving for the Sisulu funeral, Zenani’s great-grandmother Winnie Madikizela-Mandela released white doves in her honour.

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