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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If there is a true “mother of the nation” then nobody deserves this title more than Albertina Sisulu, who has died aged After his death, she lived quietly in the family home in Linden, a Johannesburg suburb, but her children continue to play a prominent role in South African public life: Sisulu’s mother survived the Spanish Flu, but was constantly ill and very weak because of this.

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Two other trainee nurses she befriended were Barbie Sisulu and Evelyn Mase. Throughout the long nightmare that enveloped her during the struggle years, she behaved with unflinching dignity, integrity, grace, courage and compassion. The one was Walter’s sister, the other soon became Mandela’s first wife.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Inshe was called before the Truth and Reconciliation Commissionestablished to help South Africans confront and forgive their brutal history. According to news reports, she suddenly fell ill, coughing blood, and paramedics who rushed to the scene were unable to revive her.

Sisulu died suddenly in her home in Linden, Johannesburg at age 92 on 2 June at around 20h00 in the evening while watching television with her grandchildren.

In the formation, under William Cooper, of the Australian Aboriginals League spurred black political action—which had some history back to the s. She wanted to become a nun, but that would have made it difficult to support her family, so she opted for nursing. In July her banning order was renewed for another five years and in addition she was placed under partial house arrest. In the words of Nelson Mandela, she biohraphy the embers of resistance alive”.


Archived from the original on 7 June She was honoured for her commitment to the anti-apartheid struggle and her social work when the World Peace Council, based in Basel, Switzerland, elected her president from to That October, Walter was released.

She was best known, of course, as the wife of Walter Sisulu, but was a fearless, and peerless, leader and niography in her own right. Sisulu became a member of the executive of the Federation of South African Women in Her classmates did not seem a major inconvenience at the time she finished primary school, later when Sisulu entered a competition to win a four-year high school scholarship this counted against her as she was disqualified from the prize even though she had come in first place.

In London, she addressed a major anti-apartheid rally to protest against the visit of National Party leader FW de Klerk. 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.

We are not going to carry passes. Retrieved from ” https: Born Nontsikelelo Thethiwe in the Tsomo district of the Transkei on 21 Octobershe was the second of five children of Bonilizwe and Monikazi Thethiwe. She became one of the key links between the internal and external movement. Inshe was elected to the first democratic Parliament, which she served until retiring four years later.

Albertina Sisulu lived what she believed

She said she found these words inspirational, and this provides perhaps the best clue of what this truly remarkable human being was all about. Sisulu and her family were residents of Orlando West, SowetoSouth Africa, when it was established.

In August she was arrested at her clinic, supposedly for having sung freedom songs at the funeral of a friend. The state persecuted Albertina relentlessly. Mahatma Gandhi, Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist…. Angered by the alberrtina treatment the competition rules had set no age limit on the prize Sisulu’s teachers wrote to the local Xhosa language newspaper, Imvo Zabantsundubigoraphy a strong case for Sisulu to be given the prize.


Sisulu only went home during the December holidays but she found this a small price to pay for the opportunity to attend high school.

Albertina Sisulu

The brutal suppression of the student uprisings of recruited thousands for Umkhonto we Sizwe. Three weeks later her interrogators showed her the headlines. After being orphaned as a teenager, she was obliged to help provide for her younger brothers and sisters.

But by that time, she was back in jail. She was sentenced to four years, two of which were suspended, but was released pending appeal and immediately resumed her political work.

Perfectly alive to the likely consequences, she spoke out against detention without trial, praised the heroes of the struggle and condemned the Bantustan policy, on every public platform she could find. After Aprilwhen he went underground to head the military wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe Spear of the Nationshe became the breadwinner, supporting from her meagre nurse’s salary their three sons, Max, Mlungisi, Zwelakhe, two daughters, Lindiwe and Nonkululeko, adopted children Gerald and Beryl, several nephews and nieces and, later, grandchildren.

Adding to her agony, the censors delayed her and Walter’s letters to each other, which led to confusion, depression and mutual recriminations when letters seemingly went unanswered. It was for you who I woke up in the morning, it was for you who I lived But so was that other famous wife, Winnie Mandela. Thank You for Your Contribution! Sisulu excelled at school in cultural and sporting activities and she showed leadership skills at an early age when she was chosen as head girl in standard five.

Sisulu said of her marriage: While her husband was on Robben Island, Sisulu raised the couple’s five children alone.

She was also jailed and held in solitary confinement for up to seven months at a time.