The top women leader and revolution pioneer of South African ruling party the African National Congress (ANC) Stalwart Ruth Mompati passed away on Tuesday, the ruling party announced in a statement.
The 89-year-old politician died in the early hours of Tuesday morning following a lengthy illness, ANC’s spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.
“Born in 1925, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati played an indelible role in both the liberation and development of our country and to her and her generation we owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude,” read the statement.
Mompati is regarded as one of the most renowned and influential women icon in South Africa. She was also one of the first women to go into exile to pursue the struggle for South Africa’s liberation from the apartheid government.
South African President Jacob Zuma conveyed his deep sense of condolence on the sad passing of the revolutionist on Tuesday.
“The whole nation is mourning, in particular those who worked with Mme Ruth from exile to parliament and various structures of both the ANC and government. We feel an immense void. She joined the struggle for the liberation of South Africa when she was a little girl and continued to serve her country and her people till her very last days,” said Zuma.
Introduced into ANC in 1954 when Mompati worked as a shorthand typist for Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo in their law practice in Johannesburg, she was elected to the National Executive Committee of the Women’s League afterwards.
Mompati was a founding member of the Federation of SA Women. She is also credited as one of the leaders of the historic South African Women’s March on August 9, 1956. Enditem