JOHANNESBURG - Struggle stalwart Reverend Motlalepula Chabaku, passed away on Friday.
Chabaku, who was in her late 70s, died in her Soweto home from an illness, the Presidency confirmed.
The late reverend is one of the last surviving leaders of the 1956 women's march to the union buildings, against apartheid era pass laws.
Chabaku also served in the provincial legislatures of Gauteng and the Free State.
The Presidency's spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, said her passing is a sad loss the country, but that it is also an occasion to honour and pay tribute to her work and service.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the African National Congress Women’s League, Troy Martens, said: “we would really like to send out our deepest condolences to her family – we understand that this is a difficult time for them.”
Martens further acknowledged Chabaku’s dedication to the country and her fight against social injustice.
The Minister of Public Service and Administration, Roy Padayachie, and former cabinet minister Sicelo Shiceka were buried this week.