South African Students Congress

SASCO statement on the passing of MaMbeki

7 June 2014

The South African Students' Congress (SASCO) mourns the sad depature of Mama Epainette Nomaka Mbeki (98). MaMbeki is a struggle hero in her own right, an educator and wife to the great Govan Mbeki. She is also a mother to President Thabo Mbeki. She was a an outstanding leader of the South African people and a community activist till her last days of life. She was a true mother of the nation who continued to make a contribution in the lives of ordinary people. MaMbeki continued to have the courage to express herself openly on various issues confronting our political and social landscape.

MaMbeki was amongst the first black members and second woman to join the Communist Party of South Africa. She was a stalwart of the African National Congress who understood that our revolution is about emancipating the poor and working class people. She for years experienced the worst hardship brought about by Apartheid when her husband was arrested, her children exiled and the harassment she continued to endure from Apartheid security forces. She used her education to support community organisations, cooperatives and rural folk that needed her assistance. MaMbeki was a humbled South African who never sought privilege because her son was a President of the Republic, she always saw herself as an ordinary South African. We salute her selflessness and her strength of character, may our country be blessed with more MaMbekis, who will emancipate our communities and support rural women in particular.

We wish to send our condolences to the Mbeki family, her community and to all South Africans for the loss of a mother of our nation. May her soul rest in peace and may her ideas and life example permeate across the peoples of our land.

Aluta Continua

Issued by the NEC of SASCO

Ntuthuko Makhombothi (President) : 0718752209
Luzuko Buku (Secretary General): 0718793258