NADEL statement on the passing of the icon of our new nation, Cde Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela

The National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) is deeply saddened by the passing of our Icon, and Mother of our Nation, Cde Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela.

This is a woman who experienced a sustained campaign of persecution by the apartheid state but never wavered in her commitment and dedication to the revolutionary cause against oppression, colonialism, and abuse of our people.

A woman who was driven by a deep sense of love for her people. She was one of the towering figures who gave hope and courage to our people in the midst of adversity, and provided leadership during the vacuum created by the incarceration of our leaders on Robben Island.

She remained truly committed and dedicated to the struggle for the total elimination of patriarchy, and the abuse of the most vulnerable members of our society. She always identified herself with the poor and the marginalised. She was fearless and remains true to the principles of non-racism, non-sexism, a democratic, and a united South Africa.

We believe, as NADEL, that we should celebrate the life of this Icon of our struggle by accelerating the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution of South Africa to expropriate land without compensation. This should be done in order to take our people out of poverty.

Furthermore in her memory we shall continue to advance the cause for women’s emancipation, access to justice for the poor and the marginalised, and the total elimination of poverty, inequality, and unemployment.

Issued on behalf of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers ( NADEL), South Africa,

By: Mfana Gwala

Publicity Secretary, National Executive Committee,

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