- Walter Sisulu University has conferred an honorary PhD on the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
- Ma Winnie's daughter, Zenani Dlamini, represented her at the ceremony
- The university honoured Ma Winnie for her contribution to Social Work
The late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela now has an honorary doctorate degree in Social Work, awarded posthumously.
Walter Sisulu University conferred Ma Winnie the honour on 10 October, Briefly.co.za gathered. The university made the announcement on its Facebook page:
The institution will proudly confer the Doctor of Social Work degree (Posthumously) on Mrs Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela for her immeasurable contribution to Social Work who has served the nation from the ‘cradle to the grave.’
Ma Winnie was due to receive the honour in May but passed away just weeks before the graduation ceremony.
Daily Sun reports that her eldest daughter, Zenani Dlamini, was on hand to receive the award on her behalf. She delivered an emotional speech and said:
Trust me, these are tears of joy. I stand in place of my mother to accept this honorary doctorate with pride and gratitude.
Zenani urged the new graduates to strive for success as much as they can, because this is what the late Ma Winnie would have wanted.
The vice-chancellor, Rob Midgley, praised Ma Winnie as a fine example for young women to emulate.
Student leader, Mxolisi Zoko, applauded the university for honouring national heroes such as Winnie Mandela.
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