This day in history: The day iconic stalwart Charlotte Maxeke died

This day in history: The day iconic stalwart Charlotte Maxeke died

Tuesday, 16 October, marks the 79th anniversary of the death of iconic stalwart Charlotte Makgomo Maxeke.

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Maxeke was one of the greatest freedom fighters in South Africa, who was dubbed the "Mother of Black Freedom in South Africa."

Sadly she passed away on 16 October 1939 at the age of 65 in Joburg. So, in honour the iconic stalwart, Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at her life and career.

Here are three facts about Charlotte Makgomo Maxeke:

1. Early life

Maxele was born on 7 April 1874 in Ga-Ramokgopa village in the Polokwane. According to Wikipedia, she was the daughter of John Kgope Mannya, the son of Modidima Mannya from Batlokwa people

Her mother, Anna Manci, was a Xhosa woman, who hailed from Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape.

This day in history: The day iconic stalwart Charlotte Maxeke died

The day iconic stalwart Charlotte Maxeke died. Photo credit: The Heritage Portal.

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2. Career

Maxeke worked as an educator, like her mom. However, she also got into politics and she was the founder of the Bantu Women's League of South Africa, which later became part of the ANCWL.

3. Legacy

Maxeke made an important impact on South Africa and even before her death she was dubbed the 'Mother of Black Freedom in South Africa'.

After her death, a hospital was named in her honour- the Joburg General Hospital was renamed to the "Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital".

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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