22 June 2018
It is with great sadness that the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) has learnt of the passing of its former leader and activist comrade Joyce Mashamba. Her passing is a loss for the people of South Africa and women in particular - whom she lived to serve and whose rights she advocated for.
A resilient cadre of our movement, a gender activist and an agitator of patriarchy, Cde Joyce has been active in the structures of the ANCWL and has led through trying times of our struggle. In 1991 she was elected the Chairperson of the ANCWL in Northern Transvaal. Later, she was directly elected into the National Executive Committee of the ANCWL in 1999 and re-elected in 2003 respectively. Through out her tenure in the ANCWL she remained an astute leader, a powerful force for democracy and women's rights.
Her's was a life well lived and will continue to inspire generations of women to come. She drew from the legacy of our founding mother Charlotte Maxeke and empowered herself with education from institutions of higher learning within and outside our country. Her legacy has proven true to "What an Educated African Girl Can Do" as argued by President Alfred Xuma on the Charlotte Maxeke Biography, where he advocated for educating African women to realise social transformation. As alluded by President Xuma, she lived up to the promise and used her education to benefit society at large.
The ANCWL sends heartfelt condolence to Cde Joyce's family and loved one's. May they rest in knowing that we are with them in these trying times. We further call on members and structures of the ANCWL to offer support to the family.
ANCWL Secretary General
Cde Toko Xasa
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