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Struggle veteran Ruth Mompati dies

The 89-year-old passed away in a Cape Town hospital during the early hours of this morning.

Struggle stalwart, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says struggle veteran Ruth Mompati died in a Cape Town hospital where she was recovering from a short illness, and will be remembered as one of the bravest anti-apartheid activists of her time.

Mompati died in the early hours of this morning at the age of 89, but the cause of her death has not yet been revealed.

She was one of the leaders of the women's march to the Union Buildings in 1956 and served in the ANC's highest structures in exile, and again as a mayor in the North West at the turn of the millennium.

The ANC's Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte says, "This was a stalwart of the ANC. She had received the highest reward at the ANC for bravery. She very truly believed that the most important thing to do was the development in rural areas. She played a huge role in the struggle for liberation."

At the same time, ANC Women's League President Angie Motshekga has described the late struggle veteran as a focused and polished leader who earned the respect of her peers.

Motshekga says the last time she saw Mompati she was addressing young professionals about their responsibility towards the country's future.

"And she said to them, we had a vision about this country, and we fought against Bantu education; please don't squander our efforts and our energies. Do what you can to make sure we realised that vision that we had."

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