- Winnie Madikizela Mandela was honoured with a freedom of the city award but it's not enough according to Joburg's mayor
- Mayor Mashaba wants the city council chambers to be named after her as well
- A freedom of the city award is given to the most outstanding service delivery candidate at a national level
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba wants the city council chambers named after Winnie Mandela.
Mayor Mashaba announced his wish at the council chambers when Winnie was honoured with a freedom of the city award.
Mashaba wants the chambers to be named after her because he feels she hasn't been given the recognition she deserves.
He added that she was an extremely brave woman who wasn't fazed by the apartheid government.
Mashaba stated that the struggle fighter's efforts and sacrifices are reduced to "nothing but a footnote" and that she's just "Nelson Mandela's wife".
What is a freedom of the city award?
This award is given to the most outstanding service delivery candidate at a national level. Products or services can be awarded as well.
A panel of judges decides if the candidate deserves the award. Winnie was honoured with the reward because she was a prominent figure in leading South Africa out of apartheid.
Winnie's family received the award on her behalf.
Others who also received this reward include Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Dr Beyers Naude and Joe Slovo.
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