Robert Sobukwe's wife, Zondeni, dies at 91

The 91-year-old, who was the wife of the late struggle veteran and founder of the PAC, passed away in the Western Cape in the early hours of this morning following a long illness.

Zondeni Sobukwe (left) the widow of anti-apartheid activist Robert Sobukwe. Picture: @Sobukwe_Trust/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – Robert Sobukwe's widow Zondeni Sobukwe has died.

The 91-year-old, who was the wife of the late struggle veteran and founder of the PAC, passed away in the Western Cape in the early hours of this morning following a long illness.

The Robert Sobukwe Trust's Cunningham Ncukana says: “For now, it is to inform the nation that the wife one of the greatest leaders of our struggle Robert Mangaliso Sobokwe has passed away and that the family will deal with the matter and will inform the public.”

Zondeni Sobukwe was born in KwaZulu-Natal and after finishing high school, pursued a nursing qualification in the Eastern Cape where she met her husband, who was a student at the Fort Hare University at the time.

In April, the woman who was affectionately known as "mother of Azania", was awarded the Order of Luthuli.

Sobukwe celebrated her 91st birthday in July.