Veteran Williams-De Bruyn (MP) honoured by Joburg

15 August 2013

The Office of the ANC Chief Whip congratulates one of its Members of Parliament, a veteran leader of our movement and a champion of the womens struggles, Sophie Williams-De Bruyn, on being conferred with the Freedom of the City of Joburg. We commend the City for bestowing such an honour on one of the nations iconic mothers in the glorious struggle for the liberation of women and the oppressed people of our country.

Williams-De Bruyn, one of the brave women who led the 20 000 strong historic womens march to the Union Buildings in 1956, remains one of the most exemplary, hardest working, disciplined and selfless servants of the people both in and outside Parliament. It is an honour and a privilege to still have women and veteran activits of such outstanding quality serving in this institution.

We also commend the City for posthumously conferring the same honour to Williams-De Bruyn`s fellow comrades, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa, who contributed to the struggle for a free, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist society.

It is truly a momentous and fitting tribute for them to be given such recognition by a city whose streets they could not freely walk without being harassed for merely being born women and Black.

Issued by the Office of the ANC Chief Whip


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