1 The Speakers of Parliament, led by the Speaker of the National Assembly (NA), Ms. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and the President of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Mr. Amos Masondo, are deeply saddened by the passing of the former Member of Parliament (MP) and struggle icon Mrs. Rita Alice Ndzanga, 89 years old.
2 A fierce anti-apartheid activist and trade unionist, Mama Ndzanga played a crucial role in organizing and building labor movements to resist apartheid’s brutality in the workplace in the 1950s.
3 She dedicated her life as a steadfast fighter of our liberation and as the legislator par excellence of our democratic and post-apartheid Parliament.
4 Ms. Ndzanga was among the first generation of lawmakers who paved the way for future parliamentarians.
5 She served as a member of the first, second, and third democratic parliaments and played a critical role in establishing oversight mechanisms, public participation systems, and law-making processes.
6 With her calm and unassuming demeanor and her deep intellectual depth, Ms. Ndzanga brought passion, care and humanity to her role as representative of the people.
7 She was an embodiment of unparalleled integrity, love, selflessness, and loyalty to the course of freedom and prosperity for her people.
8 Like other brave and like-minded political activists of her day, she suffered persecution under the apartheid regime.
9 She was arrested, harassed, accused and imprisoned several times.
10 She was arrested and jailed along with Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Thoka Mngoma, Martha Dlamini, and Joyce Sikhakhane.
12 In recognition of her contribution to the achievement of freedom, nation-building, justice and peace, former President Thabo Mbeki awarded her the Order of Luthuli in 2004, while she was serving in the National Assembly.
13 Members of the Parliamentary Bureau salute Mama Ndzanga for her resolute advancement in the cause of social justice and liberation, in particular for her relentless struggle against the oppression and harassment of the ruthless apartheid government.
15 We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, political home, the African National Congress and the nation.
16 May her soul rest in peace!