Tutu says Emma Mashinini was champion of nonsexist society

The Nobel Prize winner says Mashinini was a fearless leader, striving for a nonsexist democratic country and resented being dominated by oppressors.

Late human rights activist Emma Mashinini. Picture: @GautengProvince

JOHANNESBURG – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says struggle stalwart Emma Mashinini has lived a long fruitful life which has benefitted many workers across industries in South Africa.

The Nobel Prize winner says Mashinini was a fearless leader, striving for a nonsexist democratic country and resented being dominated by oppressors.

The 87-year-old founder of the South African Commercial-Catering and Allied Workers Union died on Monday.

Speaking at her funeral service in Pretoria on Saturday, Tutu says Mashinini played a major role in the fight for gender equality in the work place.

“She was a wonderful person to have on the staff, always shaking you up if you became a bit tolerant of evil. I want to say God’s deepest sympathies and blessings for this wonderful family.”