Women Urged to Emulate Margaret Gazo’s Values
A gallant freedom fighter and advocate for women emancipation is how those who shared fond memories of Margaret Gazo described her during a memorial held in her honour in KwaThema on Saturday, 24 August.
Members of the community braved the chilly Saturday morning to meet at the KwaThema Old Cemetery for the wreath-laying ceremony led by members of the Gazo family and the City’s Head of Women and Children Directorate in the Mayor’s Office, Lindiwe Khonjelwayo.
The proceedings moved on to the KwaThema TVET College to celebrate the life and times of Margaret Gazo. Khonjelwayo encouraged women to empower themselves through education, to familiarise themselves with the current political landscape and to continue searching for economic opportunities that exist for women.
A large number of young people showed interest in knowing who Gazo was and the contribution she made for them to realise the freedom they enjoy today. Zinhle Mathibela, an engineering student at the college, said, “I don’t know who Margaret Gazo is but I am fascinated by her history. Listening to the stories told of her life and times makes me want to research more about her and probably follow on her footsteps.”
Caption: Margaret Gazo’s tombstone adorned with wreaths laid by family and friends.