The Congress of South African Students is deeply saddened by the passing of the ‘Mother of the Nation’ Mama Winnie Madikezela-Mandela.
Mama Winnie as we are all aware suffered brutally under the apartheid regime, as part of the torture she endured, at some point she was banished from raising her own children and could not have a normal family, as in addition her soulmate, the late Tata Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years.
Her credentials in the struggle for a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa speak for themselves. Mama always viewed her life, like a fish in the water hence she continued to live in Soweto despite other prominent leaders leaving the township. She saw Soweto as the water and herself as a fish for her continual survival. She was like an oak tree that survived all kinds of weather.
The student’s movement took a resolution to make Mama Winnie Honorary President of COSAS due to her contribution in the struggle in general. She was further the perfect candidate because she practically assisted and guided all the programs led by COSAS on behalf of students of South Africa during difficult times of apartheid. She spared nothing when it came to COSAS and contributed in every way she can, earning her the title “umama wabafundi”.
COSAS is poorer without the physical presence of it’s Honorary President. Her wisdom to the student’s movement and the education fraternity is lost although her ideals for a free, dynamic and compulsory education continues.
Death has robbed us of her contribution in this new dawn era as we were looking forward to an accelerated radical education transformation.
In her memory, we pledge to continue the struggle for people’s education. We will continue to stand for a quality public education system. The struggle for a dynamic, free and compulsory education system continues.
A statement containing details of all the comprehensive programs that will seat around the country in honour of our president will follow.
Hamba Kahle Guerilla, Hamba Kahle Mama Wamabutho.
President John Macheke.
074 819 5716.
Acting SG Nkhobo Khomongoe
071 838 2891.