This is a painful moment – Motaung

Kaizer Motaung reacted with shock at the news of the passing of the struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. “It is sad news indeed,” the Kaizer Chiefs Chairman reacts. “We are bidding farewell to one of the important anti-apartheid icons that played an immeasurable role championing the struggle for our liberation.”

Winnie Mandela died on Monday, 2 April 2018 at the age of 81.

“The name of Winnie Mandela is cast in stone and is undoubtedly included in the history books of South Africa,” affirms Motaung. “This is a woman amongst many others who stood out, fighting and showing resilience during the days when apartheid was the order of the day. She was a light in the dark days in our history and that’s how she will be remembered.

“It is a sad moment for the bereaved family and friends, including the rest of South Africa and the world at large.”

“Words cannot express my shock,” continues a visibly shaken Motaung paying tribute to the late icon. “Winnie is a huge tree that has fallen. It is now up to the new generation to continue the struggle for true equality. Winnie Mandela fulfilled her mission. We should now either fulfill or betray her ideals.

“We shall also remember the role she played in government, including being the Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology as well as a member of the African National Congress (ANC).”

“Here death is hard to accept,” Motaung adds. “However, for someone who has done so much, earning her innings and writing her own story, there’s so much to cherish and to learn from – a catalogue of life lessons. She is gone now, but hers is one of a life lived to the full. We pray that God will give strength to the family. As Kaizer Chiefs, we share in the pain of the family.”

“It is a sad reality that we must allow Mama Winnie to go, moya wa gae o robale ka kgotso,” Motaung consoles. “I wish to express my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and friends, the African National Congress, South Africa and further afield.”

Umphefumlo wakhe unokuphumla uxolo olungunaphakade!