ANC Statement on the Death of Walter Sisulu

Juan Fajardo fajardos at
Tue May 6 01:37:58 MDT 2003


5 May 2003

It is with a heavy heart and profound sense of loss that the African
National Congress learned of the death this evening (5 May 2003) of
Isithwalandwe Walter Max Ulyate Sisulu, a giant of the liberation
struggle and one of the founding fathers of South Africa's democracy.

Sisulu, who served the ANC as Secretary-General and later as Deputy
President, was an African patriot whose heroism, humility and
leadership earned him the respect and love of the millions of our people.

Sisulu was ANC Secretary-General at the time of the Defiance
Campaign, and Deputy President of the organisation during the
constitutional negotiations leading up to the 1994 democratic
elections. A Rivonia Treason Trialist, Sisulu spent 26 years in
prison. On 8 January 1992, Sisulu was awarded Isithwalandwe
Seaparankoe, the highest honour of the ANC, for his contribution
to the struggle for liberation.

Committed to the liberation struggle from an early age, Sisulu was
centrally involved in the revitalisation of the ANC and the
intensification of mass struggle in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Following his release from prison in 1989, Sisulu played a leading
role in the re-establishment of the ANC inside the country and the
management of the difficult transition period. He has never ceased
to be a source of advice and inspiration to ANC leaders and members.

On behalf of the leadership and the entire membership of the ANC,
we extend heartfelt condolences to the Sisulu family, and
especially to Ma Albertina Sisulu.

We join them in mourning the loss of a father and a hero.

Kgalema Motlanthe
Secretary General

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