Archive for 1. July 2011

Season of State Funerals

Friday, 1. July 2011

These very cold days the recent weeks seem to become a season of state funerals.

On June 11th Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu’s funeral was held. If I was not driving Monique to her field guide class, I would have been at the Orlando stadium. But even following the ceremony over the radio almost all our way to the Limpopo was very emotional.

With Mama Sisulu, how she was called by honourable name, pasing away one of the last of a generation of leaders venerated as struggle heroes has gone. She was respected, adored and loved all across the country and across a broad political spectrum.  She is a great loss, since leaders of her calibre are very rare. (Click here for details on her life)

Only two weeks later Kader Asmal another stalwart of the liberation struggle passed away. Common to both, Albertina and Kader, was their passionate and unbiased testimony of the values that nourished the liberation struggle and became the foundation of the new South Africa. Both were not shy to criticise their party and political allies if and when need be.