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

President Jacob Zuma paid tribute to Ma Sisulu in the wake of her death. In biogrphy formation, under William Cooper, of the Australian Aboriginals League spurred black political action—which had some history back to the s.

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She abertina in the surgery in January when two men stormed into the surgery and assassinated the doctor, who was also a well-known and highly respected Black Consciousness activist. Sisulu did not display an interest in politics at first, only attending political meetings with Walter in a supporting capacity, but xisulu eventually got involved in politics when she joined the African National Congress ANC Women’s League inand took part in the launch of the Freedom Charter the same year.


Rather, they are presented on the site as archival content, intended biogdaphy historical reference only. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. Nelson Mandela, black nationalist and the first black president of South Africa — She was born Nontsikelelo Thethiwe in the village of Camama, in rural Transkei.

She met Sisulu in while she was training as a nurse in Johannesburg; they were married in Albertima state persecuted Albertina relentlessly.

After repeated detentions and torture, Lindiwe fled to Britain via Swaziland, where she pursued doctoral studies at York University.

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Albertina was called on to give testimony at the Truth and Reconciliation hearings, which some hoped would incriminate Winnie. But by that time, she was back in jail. Visiting him became more of an ordeal than ever. That year she received an award from then-president Mandela.

Late one night she was told that her young child Nkuli had been taken to intensive care at Baragwanath Hospital with pneumonia.

The act gave the police the power to hold suspects in detention for 90 days without charging them. Originally published in the Britannica Book of the Year.

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At the time of her death, Sisulu was survived by five children, Max, Mlungisi, Zwelakhe, Lindiwe and Nonkululeko, her adopted niece and nephew, Gerald and Beryl, and 26 grandchildren and three albergina. Thank You for Your Contribution!


Albertina was intermittently horrified by Winnie’s behaviour but, mindful of the state’s desire to set the two women against each other, and the closeness of their husbands, refused to be drawn into public criticism of her.

She spent months in jail herself and had her movements restricted. While visiting his sister, Walter Sisulu, a street-smart young estate agent passionately involved with the ANC, was introduced to Albertina, fell in love and began courting her. Zwelakhe, a journalist, was detained, tortured and banned.

One day, he was asked to examine two youths sent to him by Winnie for evidence of biograpgy assault: The murder in of Dr Abu Baker Asvat changed things. International opinion had swung against apartheid. Economy and transformation top priority in ANC election manifesto Politics. Sisulu, a nurse at biographhy doctor’s clinic, said they had a “mother and son” relationship. After spending Christmas with her family in Xolobe she left for Johannesburg in January When she still refused, she was told she would die in her cell and never see her children or Walter again.

In Walter went underground, leaving her to cope as best she could with their children and the children of his sister, who had died during an operation.