Former President Thabo Mbeki has paid tribute to African National Congress (ANC) struggle veteran and trade unionist, Rita Alice Ndzanga. Mbeki says she was an important architect of South Africa’s liberation.
Ndzanga’s funeral has been declared a Special Provincial Official Funeral Category 2 by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ndzanga passed away last week at the age of 88. She was the wife of the late struggle stalwart, Lawrence Ndzanga who died in prison in 1977, after being imprisoned for political activities.
Mbeki delivered the keynote address at Nzdanga’s memorial service on Thursday in Soweto.
“Comrades and leaders and people who conducted the mass struggles from the 50s which in the end brought us our liberation, the more we forget what happened and the more we forget its importance. Without the women struggles in which comrade Rita was central we would not be here. So we pay tribute to her because she is therefore an architect of our liberation,” says Mbeki.
VIDEO: Former President Mbeki delivers the key note address at Rita Ndzanga’s memorial service: