The Congress of South African Trade Unions has received the saddest news on the passing on of a Gallant Fighter, Comrade Mme Ruth Mompati.
Cde Ruth Mompati played a major role in the liberation of South Africa from the yoke of both colonial and apartheid regimes.
She was one of the people who defied the apartheid laws regulating black female teachers.
In 1952, Cde Ruth acted against apartheid laws by getting married during a period of history where a black female teacher was not allowed.
She started teaching at the age of seventeen in Dithakwaneng Primary in Vryburg, North West.
Cde Mompati later was employed in as a short-hand Typist at the office of Mandela and Tambo in Johannesburg in 1953.
Cde Ruth was one of the Organizers of the most known 1956 Anti-Pass laws march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Comrade Ruth has served her entire life serving in the African National Congress structures and later in the new democratic government after 1994.
Organizations have members in large numbers but Cde Mme Ruth distinguished herself through her revolutionary acts of being an Alliance trusted Cadre.
Cde Ruth carried organizational responsibilities with high levels of discipline.
COSATU has learned many revolutionary attributes of a Congress Movement Leader, who never undermined organizational decisions in the public a Leader who respected organizational principles.
She understood that once decisions are taken all must respect them.
COSATU remembers Isithwalandwe!
Cde Ruth Mompati was an exemplary leader, whose conviction was for gender equality, social justice for all and liberation of the masses.
COSATU appeals to all workers to learn from the astute revolutionary character of Cde Ruth and take the spear and ensure that the radical economic transformation is attained for all.
COSATU conveys its heartfelt condolences to the family of Cde Ruth Mompati, the Alliance, the community of Vryburg and all South Africans.
COSATU calls upon all workers across all sectors of the economy to participate in all services which will be organized to honour Mme Ruth Mompati.
May the undying spirit of Cde Ruth Mompati rest in eternal peace!
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions