The African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday described recently deceased former Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang as someone who fought for justice and democracy.
”Comrade Manto dedicated her life to the struggle for justice and democracy in South Africa and she left the country to fight outside the borders of our country for the liberation of her people,” said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.
He said it was during her exile years that she qualified as a doctor, a qualification she used effectively in the Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) camps as a dedicated cadre and a doctor in the struggle.
At the time of her death, she was serving as a member of the ANC’s national executive committee, a leadership role she had been active in for many years.
”She has given many young ANC cadres guidance over the years and her death has robbed the ANC of a truly committed cadre and stalwart to the transformation agenda of the ANC,” said Mthembu.
He said the ANC ”lowered its banner” in recognition of the ”stewardship and leadership” she had given to the ANC since her teens.
”We will also remember her as a stalwart of our movement and a fearless fighter.
”After her return to the country, she was one of those who were founding members of our democratic Parliament in 1994 — a Parliament that she has served with distinction from 1994 to date,” said Mthembu.
The ANC also extended its heartfelt condolences to her husband, Mendi Msimang, her family, friends and colleagues ”as we all mourn this servant of the people.
”May her soul rest in peace knowing that many will pick up her spear and continue with the struggle until all our people have a better life,” said Mthembu. — Sapa