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Paying Tribute To An Icon: UWC Mourns Passing Of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Paying Tribute To An Icon: UWC Mourns Passing Of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Dear Campus Community,

The funeral of Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will be held tomorrow and it is appropriate that we, as the University of the Western Cape, pay our respect to this icon of the anti-apartheid struggle.

While there might be no historical link between Mrs Madikizela-Mandela and UWC, it is important that we acknowledge the space and stature that she occupies in our contemporary history and the liberation of our nation.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela, like many who devoted their lives to the cause of dignity, equality and freedom of all South Africans, did so at immense personal cost.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was thrust into the international limelight as she carried the cause of her then husband, former President Nelson Mandela, when he was jailed on Robben Island for treason against the apartheid state.

In the process, she was hounded, incarcerated, banished while a myriad personal indignity was visited upon her.

It says much about her strength of character and purpose that she managed to withstand the relentless onslaught against her.

As a university intimately acquainted with and forged within the struggle for a liberated South Africa, we can only express our gratitude to Mrs Madikizela-Mandela as a part of a grateful nation.

We wish the members of the Madikizela-Mandela family much strength as they deal with the loss of this daughter of Africa.

Yours Sincerely,
Prof Tyrone Pretorius
Rector and Vice-Chancellor
University of the Western Cape