- The University of South Africa (Unisa) has decided to honour three individuals who helped shap the university and society
- Amongst the three named was Ma Winnie Madikizala-Mandela
- Unisa will rename one of its historic buildings after Ma Winnie and the news left South Africans divided
The University of South Africa (Unisa) has decided to honour three individuals who not only contributed to the establishment, but who made a difference in South Africa.
Spokesperson Tommy Huma revealed the university will be honouring the late Madikizela-Mandela, professor Simon Radipere and Anton Lembede.
Each of the above will have one of the university's historic buildings renamed after them. The Sowetan reported that the Theo van Wijk building will now be known as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela building in honour of Women's Month.
"As a champion of youth empowerment, Madikizela-Mandela has a long and intimate association with Unisa and she spoke at the institution on many occasions," Huma said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the news left South Africans divided. Some applauded the university for honouring Ma Winnie, even after her death.
MpembeMnguni, who goes by the Twitter handle @MnguniMpembe, commented: "Fitting honor to one woman who fought for the freedom we now take for granted."
Another tweep, @Lethiwe40748874, added: "At last! I hope more historical buildings will named after her."
However, some said it was either too late to honour the late Mother of the Nation and others added that she did not deserve the honour.
Sinothando Yena, @SinothandoYena, wrote: "Sad how they honouring her after she departed."
Twitter user, @KatCapeTown, said: "Does it come with murders and corruption?"
Another tweep, @VOCdeployed, added: "Should name it Stompie."
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