12 May 2015
The African National Congress
has expressed its sadness of the passing of stalwart and former MP, ambassador
and Mayor Ruth Mompati.
She died this morning
following a long illness. The ANC in a statement said her unwavering
determination to serve her people and her commitment to the prosperity of our
nation will be sorely missed.
ANC’s Keith Khoza says the
person who has worked her entire life at the service of our people who had
showed leadership qualities and played different leadership roles and founded
organisations like FEDSAW who had been in the national executive committee of
the ANC and also who had been quite vocal and articulate on issues of gender
equality and emancipation of our people.
We believe that the legacy she
has left us will make us to continue with the fight of ensuring that we take
South Africa to where she would have wanted it to be, a total liberation of our
people, Khoza added.
Meanwhile the Democratic
Alliance has sent its condolences to the family.
Ruth Mompati played an immense
role in our freedom and was also among the organisers of the historic women’s
anti-pass law march to the Union Buildings on August 9th 1956,
alongside Helen Joseph, Lillian Ngoyi and Gertrude Shope.
Spokesperson Marius Redelinghuys says we note and thank her very much for her
contribution to the struggle against apartheid and also to building a democratic
post-apartheid South Africa.
We wish for her family,
friends, those who cared for her strength in this difficult time and we hope
and trust her soul will rest in peace, Redelinghuys added.
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