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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You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. In the formation, under William Cooper, of the Australian Aboriginals League spurred black political action—which had some history back to the s. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. The couple wed in July 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 albeetina carry those suitcases on our heads,” she said.

She never trumpeted her achievements, though, and was happily content to live in his shadow after his release from jail in When her restrictions were lifted, she threw herself openly into the job of rebuilding the moribund Federation of South African Women with veteran activists such as Sister Bernard Ncube.

Aisulu, who has died aged 92, was quiet and unassuming, but her strength and resilience over a lifetime of persecution and hardship were extraordinary. Attracted by the practical solution nursing offered Sisulu took his advice and applied to various nursing schools.

Albertina Sisulu Centenary

Economy and transformation top priority in ANC election manifesto Politics. Sisulk she went, they were there, leering at her – on the train down to Cape Town, in the boat.


Presented as archival content. She also testified about hearing the shot that killed her colleague, a Soweto doctor whose murder has been linked to the biograhpy. She recruited cadres and she helped those who wanted or needed to escape the country to do so, so that they could join the ANC in exile, often to further their education, more often for military training.

In Sisulu left for Mariazell College in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape and although very nervous she was excited to find that a local girl from Xolobe was a prefect at Mariazell. Baker Asvat found no signs of assault, which did not please Winnie. albertima

In July her banning alhertina was renewed for another five years and in addition she was placed under partial house arrest. She had to stay out of school for long periods of time, which resulted in her being two years older than the rest of her class in her last year of primary school.

Albertina was regarded by many as the mother of the nation. The University of Johannesburg confers an honorary doctoral degree Doctor Litterarum et Philosophiae honoris causa on Albertina Sisulu in acknowledgement of her revolutionary role in pre South Africa.

She said once that her most abiding memory was of a primary school teacher telling her: The Sisulus — a lawyer and a nurse — married in at a ceremony in which Nelson Mandela was albegtina best man. Also present were Anton Lembede and Evelyn Mase. Retrieved 4 August A second honeymoon was taken in a Black Sea dacha after an official visit to the Kremlin.

At the first meeting of this parliament, she had the honour of nominating Nelson Mandela as President of the Republic of South Africa.


Several of the Sisulu children have themselves become leaders in the democratic South Africa. No one more symbolised and indeed personified the heroic struggle of South African women against apartheid than she did, and few women were called on to make greater sacrifices. Shepherd Learn More in these related Britannica articles: 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.

While she was in solitary confinement in Diepkloof prison she was elected albwrtina of the Transvaal regional executive of the UDF, a huge vote of confidence as bigraphy as a warning to the state that her role would continue regardless. From till his murder inSisulu worked for prominent Soweto doctor, Abu Baker Asvat who allowed her to continue with her political activities while employed by him, and she was present when he was murdered.

Visiting him became more of an ordeal than ever. Sisulu scraped and saved for her children to attend good schools in Swaziland outside the inferior Bantu Education System.

Albertina Sisulu lived what she believed

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. She took his advice to rather be a nurse. After spending Christmas with her family in Xolobe she left for Johannesburg in January Albertina is survived by her children, 26 biorgaphy and three great-grandchildren.

You were taken away by the evils of the past the first time, but I knew you would come back to me.

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