- Apartheid struggle icon Rebecca Kotane has passed away at the age of 108 at her home in Diepkloof, Soweto
- Ma Kotane played an instrumental role during the apartheid struggle in South Africa and was married to Moses Kotane
- Social media users sent in messages of condolences to the Kotane family and remembered her for the fight against inequality
The widow of former ANC leader and South African Communist Party (SACP) secretary-general Rebecca Kotane has passed away. She passed away at her home in Soweto on Sunday evening.
Rebecca Kotane was 108 years old at the time of her death. Ma Kotane was instrumental during the apartheid struggle in South Africa. She was an activist and led a number of marches such as the 1956 women's march to the Union Buildings.
Kotane took part in a number of defiance campaigns during the 1950s. She was also played a part in South Africa's adoption of the Freedom Charter in 1955.
Her son, Sam Kotane has told the media that the family will meet later to discuss her funeral arrangements. Moses Kotane Local Municipality Mayor, Ralesole Diale has sent out his condolences to the family.
“As the Municipality, we mourn her loss and offer our deepest condolences and solidarity towards Kotane family, friends and all people within Moses Kotane Jurisdiction,” said Diale.
South African social media users reacted to the news of Rebecca Kotane's passing:
"May her soul rest in peace. We thank God for her life that she lived to see the mortal remains of her beloved husband being returned to be buried back home in the North West province."
"A stalwart and veteran of ANC the movement Mme Rebecca Kotane. Rest in eternal peace."
"She was indeed well advanced in age and I so wish I can reach that age."
In other mainstream news, Briefly.co.za reported that the frustrated booze industry is getting ready for trading on Tuesday. The liquor industry is getting ready to start selling alcohol again.
The lockdown alcohol ban is expected to be lifted this week after President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation. The cabinet is expected to take the country into Level 2 of lockdown and liquor traders are expected to continue operating on Tuesday.
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