Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is flanked by Bela-Bela ANC veterans Zakes Moeletsi (khaki fatigues) and the late Sam Makhubela (white T-shirt second from left).  Photo:  Supplied 

She was here!


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Locals have poured out their collective grief over the passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, sharing fond memories of her visit to Bela-Bela in 1986.

Among them were former Bela-Bela mayor Henrietta Ledwaba, sharing with The BEAT images of speaker Zakes Moeletsi, during a protest march alongside the celebrated Mother of the Nation.

“Let there be no doubt that my own political journey was shaped by Mama Winnie’s courageous leadership,” Ledwaba said.

In the fading picture of Madikizela-Mandela’s visit, the late former president of the ANC Women’s League was leading a protest march in the streets of Bela-Bela, with Moeletsi and the late Struggle veteran, Sam Makhubela, marching along.

Local political activist Sam Matlaisane formed part of the archived picture. 

On the day Madikizela-Mandela and Moeletsi were dressed in paramilitary khaki fatigues, while Makhubela and Matlaisane were dressed caually.

It was after Ledwaba’s first encounter with Madikizela-Mandela that she hit the ground running, as incumbent chairperson of the Shihlangu Makhubela branch and the local ANCWL.

Her commitment to women’s issues elevated her to the ANCWL 2008 Charlotte Maxeke Award for best branch organiser of the year.

Meantime, ANC Waterberg regional chairperson, Morris Mataboge has said the structure would definitely be deliberating on Madikizela-Mandela’s anticipated burial, looking at logistics such as transport.

He indicated however, that it was anticipated the ANC at national level would provide direction as to what needed to be done ahead of the burial.

21 days ago       05 April 2018