Statue of one of 1956 women’s march leaders Lillian Diedericks to be erected

The 92-year-old was one of 20,000 women who marched to Pretoria in defiance of pass laws and continues to fight for women's rights.

FILE: Lillian Diedericks. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has announced that government will be erecting a statue of one of the surviving leaders of the 1956 women's march to the Union Buildings.

Lillian Diedericks, aged 92, was one of 20,000 women who marched to Pretoria in defiance of pass laws and continues to fight for women's rights.

Zuma addressed thousands of supporters at the official Women's Day celebrations in Kimberly on Wednesday, paying tribute to those who paved the way for gender equality.

“Last year we unveiled statues of the women leaders in Tshwane. I’m pleased to announce that government will also erect a statue honouring Lillian Diedericks who is one of the surviving leaders of the 1956 march.”