9 September 2012

South Africa: Zuma's Tribute to Struggle Stalwart Ncube

Pretoria — President Jacob Zuma has described the late struggle stalwart Sister Bernard Ncube as a selfless South African who struggled in order to see her fellow citizen free from the injustices of the apartheid government.

"Sister Bernard was destined to dedicate her life to others," Zuma said on Saturday.

During the 1980s, Ncube was arrested and spent time in solitary confinement. She was charged with sedition and subversion.

She was a leader of the United Democratic Front and an African National Congress national executive committee member.

In 1994, she was elected a Member of Parliament, was chairwoman of the portfolio committee on arts and culture, and was an alternate member of the National Council of Provinces.

Zuma said despite constant threats and numerous attempts on her life, Ncube poured her heart and energy into her Christian and political work.

"She continued providing shelter, fighting for quality education for black children in townships, and fighting for the recognition of the rights of black people, and black women in particular."

She continued leading and mentoring many younger women leaders in the liberation struggle.

When freedom dawned, Ncube played a role to build the type of society she had been fighting to bring about. She served as a member of parliament, and also as a mayor.

"She chose to be part of the reconstruction of our country, as many in the religious sector continue to be," Zuma said.

Government appreciated the role the church continued to play in promoting social cohesion in the nation.

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