Trip down memory lane: Thandi Modise and Ma Winnie carried guns their first day in parliament

Trip down memory lane: Thandi Modise and Ma Winnie carried guns their first day in parliament

Thandi Modise spoke about her and the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's first day in Parliament in 1994.

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Modise recalled she and Ma Winnie had firearms with them walking into parliament the very first time.

The revelation came during a tribute ceremony by ANC MPs for the late Zola Skweyiya, who died shortly after Ma Winnie last month.

“Some of us said: Do you have gun safes? Because there was no rule that said you cannot walk into this place without a gun‚” Modise recalled.

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A video of her story was posted on Twitter on Thursday by ANC spokesperson Nonceba Mhlauli.

"Mam Thandi Modise narrating the story of her and Mam Winnie's first day in Parliament in 1994. They arrived carrying guns #WinnieMandelaTribute", she captioned the post.

Modise praised the late ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, adding she was a “towering figure of our lifetime‚ a pivotal woman of our history”.

“When challenges came‚ she took the reins of leadership even though our children in the streets of Soweto were outnumbered‚” Modise said.

Former safety and security minister Charles Nqakula then honoured Skweyiya, whom he and his wife visited in ICU weeks before his death.

“He showed his leadership and very good listening skill. He was able‚ carefully and correctly‚ to read political developments in our country and abroad. His analytic prowess was amazing.”

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