• April 09, 2018 | Glacier Nkhwashu


Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, like all human beings, was not perfect.

Her strive for perfection was her resistance against injustice to her fellow human beings. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela understood that the struggle for a non-racial democracy wasn’t to be fought for only one section of the South African population, but for all who were oppressed by the apartheid system. Winnie’s fight was for the gay white couple who couldn’t express their love for each other freely, her unwavering support for the white anti - conscription activists who were forced by the apartheid system to wage an unjust war against their fellow citizens, a black boy who was head over hills in love with his white girlfriend who loved him more than life itself, and the liberation of women to be anything they want to be.

Winnie is the epitome of freedom, justice and solidarity as enshrined by the values and principles of our constitution, which she resiliently and steadfastly fought for. The best way to preserve her legacy would be the eradication of abject poverty, degrading unemployment and dehumanising inequality. Winnie fought against white domination and against black domination. She embraced non-racialism, nation building and unity of the country.
Her fellow comrades, like Beyers Naude and others were subjected equally to harassment and repression by the apartheid security forces. 

South Africa was declared a pariah state, but because of the tenacity of Winnie, today black and white young South Africans are able to compete at international sports events like the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games and the like. 
We are here, on behalf of the Congress of the People, to say thank you Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela for your contribution in freeing all of us from the shackles of oppression, fearlessly. Your resistance against the injustices of the past and present will not go unnoticed and shall continue to fight for the voiceless and preservation and defence of our constitution.
Issued by the Congress of the People (COPE).
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