TMF TRIBUTE TO MME RITA NDZANGA
The Thabo Mbeki Foundation would like to join South Africans in paying tribute to the struggle stalwart and esteemed member of the Order of Luthuli, Mme Rita Ndzanga, who passed away on Wednesday, 17 August 2022.
Born 88 years ago in Mogopa Village near Ventersdorp, Mme Ndzanga was a humane and self-effacing person. Her love for humanity and commitment to opposition of all that is unjust led her into political and labour activism, for which activities she would earn the evil wrath of the Apartheid security machinery. This came in the form of arrests, harassments and banishments.
Mme Ndzanga and her husband, Comrade Lawrence Ndzanga, played a crucial role in the establishment and organisation of the labour movement in the 1950s. She was later involved in the formation of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
Mme Ndzanga also became in the ANC and the ANC Women’s League following the unbanning of liberation movements and was among the first legislators of the democratic parliament until retirement in 2004.
It was with great pride that in 2004, President Thabo Mbeki honoured Mme Ndzanga with the Order of Luthuli in Silver, for her, “Her lifetime contribution to the struggle for workers’ rights and to the realisation of a non-racial, non-sexist, free and democratic South Africa.”
The loss of Mme Ndzanga cuts that much deeper because she left us at a time when our country is in even greater need of persons of her uprightness. Thus, we are challenged all of us who remain and knew of Mme Ndzinga to do all in our power to pick up her spear in advancement of all for which she stood.
The Patron of the TMF, President Thabo Mbeki, our Board and the Staff would like to convey our deepest condolences to Mme Rita Ndzinga’s family and her movement the ANC.
May her soul rest in eternal peace!
ISSUED BY THE THABO MBEKI FOUNDATION
24 August 2022