For the month of August the pages on Friday focus on women in South African history, of the women of the Federation of South African Womento women of the liberation movement, as they were shown last week.
One of the stories we have worked on is that of Mme Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, the wife of the founder of the pan-African congress Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, who celebrated her 91st birthday on 27 July. It was with sadness that in the midst of our research about her, we have heard of her death earlier this week.
Mrs. Sobukwe was admitted to the hospital in Graaff-Reinet, where she lived.
"The Mother of Azania" as she was called, is praised for her largely undocumented contribution to the liberation movement, which began in her youth when she participated in protest marches against the racist conditions imposed on black trainees at the Victoria Hospital in Alice. Her involvement continued to exist throughout her life, especially after the imprisonment of her husband after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960.
She is reminded of her courage in the face of the brutal apartheid regime that her family has torn by isolating her husband and to close until his death in 1978. In the edition of next week, a tribute to yet another woman who should not have suffered will honor the life of Mme Sobukwe.