Business leaders mourn the loss of Winnie Mandela

By Dhivana Rajgopaul Time of article published Apr 4, 2018

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DURBAN - More and more South Africans continue to sing the praises of the late Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

Mandela passed away on Monday at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, she was just 81 years old.

Local business leaders have been sharing their messages too.

Here is what they have to say:

Melanie Veness, the CEO of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business said that they were saddened to hear of the passing of ANC Stalwart Winnie Mandela, whose contribution to democracy in South Africa is undeniable.

Veness said, "while she was often controversial, she was unyielding and uncompromising in her fight for a free South Africa, and for this, we must thank her".

Durban businessman Vivian Reddy called Mandela a close friend and confidant and remembered her as someone who believed that perseverance prevailed when all else failed.

Reddy said "She is the most caring and loving person that I had ever met. She will be sadly missed as we regarded Mama as a member of our family".

Anant Singh, a film producer who produced the film A Long Walk To Freedom, said that he and his family were saddened and shocked by the sudden passing of Mandela.

Singh said "she truly lived up to the title of “Mother of the Nation” and her courage and determination was unwavering".

Businesswoman and TV presenter Bonang Matheba took to Instagram to pay her respects to Mandela. She posted a picture of Mandela with the caption RIP MAMA.

Bonang Matheba. Instagram
Basetsana Kumalo, a South African businesswoman and former TV presenter paid tribute to Mandela by posting a video clip on social media.

The clip showed Kumalo interviewing Mandela for Top Billing. Kumalo captioned the clip " I am not sorry. I will never be sorry. I would do everything I did again if I had to. Everything.", a Winnie Mandela quote.


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