ANC wishes Winnie ‘health and many more years on her 80th birthday’

26 September 2016 - 13:12 By TMG Digital

“Comrade Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela…has been and remains the embodiment of the resilience and tenacity of the South African people.”

That’s how the African National Congress (ANC) wished “the fearless freedom fighter‚ stalwart of our movement and mother of the nation” a happy 80th birthday on Monday.

“As a movement and a people‚ the ANC owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Comrade Winnie and her generation of freedom fighters who were an unshakeable mark and unwavering beacon of hope during the darkest days of our history‚” said spokesperson Zizi Kodwa.

“When the release of political prisoners‚ the return of exiles and the glory of freedom seemed completely unrealistic‚ she was resolute - her selflessness and dedication kept the vision of freedom alive and added further pressure which ultimately saw the defeat of the apartheid regime.”

Kodwa said his party “wishes her health and many more years during which she will still contribute to the realisation of the much better life for the people she has loved and lived side by side in the pursuit for equality and social justice”.