The organisers  for the memorial service. Photo: Andries van der Heyde 

Bela-Bela mourns Mama Winnie


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Bela-Bela ANC veteran and Council Speaker Zakes Moeletsi on Tuesday 10 April unveiled plans for a memorial service in honour of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Moeletsi and the broader leadership of the ANC spoke about the plans during an interview at the municipal offices, identifying Thursday 12 April as the appropriate date.

The leadership collective said they were displeased by the conduct of Chief Whip Henriëtta Ledwaba, for her recent comments in The BEAT. 

Moeletsi said Ledwaba was not authorised to speak on behalf of the ANC branches on the passing of Madikizela-Mandela.

According to him there was a total shutdown during 1986 where community members protested against the bucket toilet system.

The same year the Apartheid government declared a state of emergency and the people in Bela-Bela staged a stayaway from work during this time. 

Moeletsi said it may have been the longest stay away in the entire country at the time, since community members didn’t go to work for 14 days.

The group continued to say that local residents had protested during that time for, amongst other things, the extension of stands and the fact that there were issues with water. 

Moeletsi said after meeting with advocates and the local business community to address their demands, they later demanded that Madikizela-Mandela visit Bela-Bela. 

He said she was the only ANC member within the national leadership who dared visit the town to help the community at that time. 

Needless to say the issues were addressed later on after her visit, said Moeletsi.

The year she visited Bela-Bela was 1989, according to the group.

2 months ago       12 April 2018