The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarian Africa Region Steering Committee extend their condolences to the families of Madikizela and Mandela Family during this difficult time as they mourn the loss of their loved one, Member of Parliament Hon. Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela Mandela.
Honourable Madikizela-Mandela was amongst women legislators who, through their roles as freedom fighters and later public representatives, dedicated their lives to tirelessly work to better the lives of their people in their own country and globally. She always sought to bring to the fore the lives of the poor in particular those in the informal settlement and rural areas.
Honourable Madikizela-Mandela ensured that the voices of women are heard in the corridors of parliament and legislatures. Her uncompromising commitment to women’s emancipation, as part of the struggle for liberation, inspired women in her country and the world.
Her activist life during South Africa’s bitter struggle against apartheid gave hope to many to continue fighting for freedom. She was a thorn on the side of the evil system of apartheid, against which she stood with fearlessness, unparalleled courage and bravery.
As the CWP Africa Region, we wish to pay tribute to this remarkable woman parliamentarian who was a pioneer together with her peers in South Africa were the first generation of women Parliamentarian in Post-Apartheid South Africa.