Message of condolence from President Jacob Zuma
13 May 2012President Jacob Zuma extends his deepest condolences to the family of respected cleric and liberation stalwart, the Reverend Motlalepula Chabaku, who passed away after an illness last week. She was one of the few surviving leaders of the resilient group of activists including Lillian Ngoyi and Helen Joseph who led an estimated 20 000-strong 1956 Women's March to the Union Buildings, against apartheid era pass laws.
Ms Chabaku also bore the singular distinction of having been a Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) for two different provinces, Gauteng and the Free State, where she was the first Speaker of a democratically elected Legislature.
"Ms Chabaku was a deeply spiritual person who carried an abiding sense of community and compassion for all people, especially women, the poor and the downtrodden. We thank her for dedicating all her life to the liberation of our people and acknowledge the role she played in the nation's reconstruction and development. We will always remember fondly the ethic of hard work that she instilled on many who worked with her," said President Zuma.
The President added that Ms Chabaku had departed during a difficult week which saw the loss of three senior leaders, Public Service and Administration Minister Roy Padayachie, ANC national executive committee member and Member of Parliament Sicelo Shiceka and Member of Parliament Florence Nyanda.
"The untimely and tragic deaths remind us that we are mere mortals and should use every opportunity we have to make a difference and play our role in the advancement of society during our limited time on earth," said President Zuma.
The President extended heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ms Chabaku.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.
May her soul rest in peace!
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Issued by: The Presidency
13 May 2012
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