The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Northern Cape has learned with shock and disbelief about the untimely passing of one of the greatest revolutionaries of our lifetime, Mama Ruth Mompati
Mama Ruth has been the shining example of the complete revolutionary who never confined herself to arm chair boardroom politics.
She was a real foot soldier whose role in the liberation struggle is immeasurable.
She joined the ANC and rose through its ranks when it was not fashionable to do so.
She became an activist when reward for such was death.
Her love for her fellow countrymen made her fearlessly confront the apartheid regime.
She led the ANC and ANC Women’s League at the most difficult time. She was there during the 1956 Women’s March as one of the organisers.
We particularly recognise the role she played in building the ANC in the Northern Cape and North West after the unbanning in 1990.
When the time came for her to reap the benefits of her selfless struggle for liberation, she handed over the baton.
Mama Ruth is a true icon of our Liberation Struggle.
Like out Tata Madiba she never boasted about her role in the struggle and she was not obsessed with power. She earned the respect we have for her through the manner in which she related to people (Young and Old) with respect.
Like a true Admiral, Mama Ruth went to war and defeated apartheid and when the time came for her to take over the reins, she handed leadership to the younger generation.
Her ability to identify talent is seen at the calibre of leadership that the ANC in the Northern Cape has had after her departure.
As the workers of the Northern Cape we dip out banner in honour of this revolutionary icon and call on our generation of leaders to emulate her example of an Honest, Selfless, Dedicated and Humble Patriot.
We call on the Northern Cape Provincial Government to put Mama Ruth’s name in the list of icons whose names will be used in the remaining programme
May Her Dear Soul Rest in Eternal Peace!
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions