In just a couple of months the late struggle icon Albertina Sisiulu would have celebrated her 100th birthday- and till this day people remember her for her wisdom.
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa took to social media to share a quote of Sisulu as her centenary approaches.
"As we continue to commemorate & celebrate the centenary of the birth of a great mother of the African soil, liberation struggle stalwart Mama Albertina Sisulu, let's remember these poignant words of hope she delivered at the 1st anniversary celebration of the UDF's establishment," Mthethwa captioned the post.
So, in honour of her 100th birthday on 21 October 1918, Briefly.co.za gathered five of quotes in honour of Albertina Sisulu.
1. Her son, Zwelakhe Sisulu
"Thinking about my earliest memory of her, the most striking thing about her to me when I was a small boy was that she was very tall, very distinguished. Everyone would know who she is. She had presence. If she walked into a room, you would know she is there. My mother was always a giver. Both of my parents were givers, and they would take nothing from anybody."
2. Ahmed Kathrada
"I know she is the mother of the nation but personally I grew up under Walter and Mama from the 40s and I have always regarded them as part of my family. Politically she was a great humanitarian, a great comrade, a loving comrade and an inspiration. She never ever gave up."
3. Floyd Shivambu
She occupies a central role in our hearts, because she is among the few women who were part of the official launch of the ANCYL in 1944. The ideals she fought for will live forever, because we have picked up the spear to continue with the struggle for total economic emancipation of our people.
4. Sisisi Tolashe
She has been a very brave and powerful woman in South African politics. The first time I met her I was from prison, we met her so she could take us through what to expect, she was so motherly. She spokes to us like a politician, but she mostly spoke to us like a mother. She was a very loving person.
5. Bantu Holomisa
We must hold tight to the teachings and memories of her unselfish concern for the welfare of others. Through Mama Sisulu, the nation had the privilege of witnessing hard work, discipline and leadership par excellence.
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