MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday 28 APRIL 2016
Winnie Madikizela Mandela Receives Order of Luthuli Award
Winifred “Winnie” Madikizela-Mandela was honoured as a recipient of the Silver Order of Luthuli for her role in the struggle against apartheid at the 2016 National Orders Awards ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday, 28th April 2016. Her grandchildren, Zondwa Mandela & Zoleka Mandela received the award on her behalf.
“My grandmother’s recent hospitalization was tense for her, our family and her supporters. Mama is well on her way to a full recovery at home. She accepts this award and shares it with everyone who strives for justice and freedom,” said Zondwa Mandela
The Order of Luthuli recognises South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict.
The awards are bestowed by President Jacob Zuma on distinguished local citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have played a momentous role towards building a free democratic South Africa and who also have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans in various ways.
Address by President Jacob Zuma at the 2016 National Orders Awards Ceremony, Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House, Pretoria
Media Release: The Nelson Mandela Foundation congratulates Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Date: 28 April 2016
From: Nelson Mandela Foundation
The Nelson Mandela Foundation conveys its hearty congratulations to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on the occasion of her being awarded a National Order by the President of South Africa.
“Mrs Madikizela-Mandela dedicated her life to the liberation struggle in South Africa and suffered greatly for it,” said Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He congratulated her on behalf of Professor Njabulo Ndebele, the Chairperson of the NMF, its Trustees and Staff.
As she is recuperating from back surgery at her home after her discharge on Tuesday from a Johannesburg Hospital, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was unable to personally receive the Order of Luthuli. She was represented by her granddaughter, Zoleka.
Hatang added his congratulations to veteran freedom fighter Mac Maharaj who was also honoured among South African anti-apartheid activists, scientists and artists.
“It is important that we also acknowledge those from other countries who were given National Orders for their anti-apartheid work,” Hatang said, “We urge them to continue their assistance as our young country navigates its struggles ahead.”
Issued by Neeran Naidoo, Director of Communications of the Nelson Mandela Foundation – 0829940349
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