Struggle stalwart to be laid to rest

National flags will fly at half mast to observe the passing of Reverend Motlalepula Chabaku.


JOHANNESBURG - National flags will fly at half mast on Saturday to observe the passing of struggle stalwart Reverend Motlalepula Chabaku.

She will be given an official funeral in Soweto following her death at the age of 78 last week.

Chabaku was one of the few surviving leaders of the women's march to the Union Buildings in 1956, in protest against the pass laws.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's spokesperson Xoli Mngambi said, "The procession will start with a church service which will take place at about 7am. The proceedings will then move to the Elkah Cricket Stadium in Soweto."

Meanwhile, businessman and politician Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday said South Africa needs to look at struggle stalwart Walter Sisulu's life and work, in order to tackle the challenges the country faces.

Sisulu was born 100 years ago, and died in 2003.

Ramaphosa emphasised the need for leaders like Sisulu.

"Tough time has robbed us of this gentle giant, his values, his capabilities and his qualities of leadership are as relevant now as they'll ever be."

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 alongside other struggle stalwarts.

He was released from prison in 1989 and he died at the age of 90.