Biography of Albertina Sisulu. Prominent leader in the African National Congress and ‘Mother of the Nation’. Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu was a political activist, nurse and born on 21 October into the Thethiwe family in a village called Xolobe in the. Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu (born ) was one of the most important women leaders of the anti-apartheid resistance in South Africa. She was a leader of the.

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The plight of women and children was her abiding concern. Archived from the original on 2 February Soon afterwards, he was shot in his surgery. The school’s routine was rigid and strict, pupils were woken up at 4am to bath and clean their dormitories, they would then proceed to the chapel for morning prayers. President Jacob Zuma paid tribute to Ma Sisulu in the wake of her death. Later she joined the ANC Women’s League and was elected deputy president, and in she became a member of Parliament before retiring in She wanted to become a nun, but that would have made it difficult to support her family, so she opted for nursing.

Back home in Soweto rumours were planted that biofraphy was having an affair with a local grocer. Each detention caused Albertina dreadful anxiety, particularly after her nephew, Kenneth Sisulu, died in custody.

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They threatened that she would be held for as long as it took to make her talk, and her children would be taken over by the state. She went with him to political meetings and became one of the albertinx politically knowledgeable women around. Whilst at Mariazell Sisulu had converted to Catholicism and, because she had resolved never to marry, she decided that sisu,u would become a nun, as she admired the dedication of the nuns who taught at the college.

She was accused of trying to protect Madikizela-Mandela during the hearings, but her testimony was stark. While her husband was on Robben Island, Sisulu raised the couple’s five children alone. Sisulu and her family were residents of Orlando West, SowetoSouth Africa, when it was established. Inshe was called before the Truth biographu Reconciliation Commissionestablished to help South Africans confront and forgive their brutal history.

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It fell upon Sisulu, as the eldest girl, to take on a motherly role for her younger siblings.

Albertina Sisulu lived what she believed

That October, Walter was released. Shepherd Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Please try again later. She was also jailed and held in solitary confinement for up albedtina seven months at a time.

While she was in solitary confinement in Diepkloof prison she was elected president of the Transvaal regional executive of the UDF, a huge vote of confidence as well as a warning to the state that her role would continue regardless.

Three weeks later her interrogators showed her the headlines. She was sentenced to four years, two of which were suspended, but was released pending appeal and immediately resumed her political work.

The Mnyila family was very happy and celebrated Sisulu’s achievement with the entire village, Sisulu recalls that the celebration saying “you would have thought it was a wedding”. International opinion had swung against apartheid.

Sisulu opposed Bantu education, running schools from home. Sisulu scraped and saved for her children to attend good schools in Swaziland outside the inferior Bantu Education System. She never trumpeted her achievements, though, and was happily content to live in his shadow after his release from jail in Visiting him became more of an ordeal than ever. The murder in of Dr Abu Baker Asvat changed things. A week later she was released.

But by that time, she was back in albertija. The article caught the attention of the priests at the local Roman Catholic Mission who then communicated with Father Bernard Huss at Mariazell.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The act gave the police the power to hold suspects in detention for 90 days without charging them. Life, love and times of the Sisulus”. When her restrictions were lifted, she threw herself bioography into the job of rebuilding the moribund Federation of South African Women with veteran activists such as Sister Bernard Ncube.


In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Albertina, who has died aged 92, was quiet and unassuming, but her strength and resilience over a lifetime of persecution and hardship were extraordinary.

One day, he was asked to examine two youths sent to him by Winnie for evidence of sexual assault: For more than 50 years, Sisulu committed herself to The Albertina Sisulu Foundation, which works to improve the lives of small children and old people. In London, she addressed a major anti-apartheid rally to protest against the visit of National Party leader FW de Klerk.

The police wanted to know where her husband was. The state persecuted Albertina relentlessly. Western Australia until the midth century: The New York Times. You have got to carry a big suitcase full of bottles and for your lotions that you are going to use, and bowls and receivers, and we used to carry those suitcases on our heads,” she said.

Attracted by the practical solution nursing offered Sisulu took his advice and applied to various nursing schools. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.

Her father died, she believed from lung complications picked biotraphy as a miner, when she was Retrieved from ” https: Sisulu only went home during the December holidays but she found this a small price to pay for the opportunity to attend high school.

She took his advice to rather be a nurse.

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