STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF EKURHULENI, CLLR MZWANDILE MASINA ON THE PASSING OF MAMA WINNIE MADIKIZELA-MANDELA
Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a Revolutionary and Mother of our Nation. A selfless fighter, feminist and struggle icon that sacrificed the best years of her life to the emancipation of all Black South Africans. We recall the countless ways Mama Winnie's years of activism altered the course of South Africa's future and touched the lives of ordinary citizens. During her golden years, she stood as a fountain of wisdom to all political leaders and remained anchored in the principles of freedom and equality.
The City of Ekurhuleni was privileged to have developed a long standing relationship with the late Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. During the 1980's Mama Winnie helped setup self defence units in various townships in and around the former East Rand, as a response to the sporadic violence during the Apartheid era.
On the dawn of our new democracy, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela cast her vote on 27 April 1994 in Phola Park, Tokoza, East Rand as a result of her close activism in the area.
In 2016, Mama Winnie was granted with the highest honour of the City of Ekurhuleni, The Freedom of the City Award, for her contribution to our liberation struggle. As a City, we shall continue preserving her legacy.
In September 2016, the City joined in the celebrations and hosted Mama Winnie's 80th Birthday.
Today, we offer condolences to the Mandela family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ekurhuleni. The City will seek to continue Mama Winnie's dedication towards alleviating Youth Unemployment and Socio Economic Transformation.