Such moments leave one feeling good and optimistic about our transforming societies. By the same token, it’s always sad when a woman falls from grace. Even worse when it happens during our national Women’s Month.
Outgoing mayor Zandile Gumede will go down in history as the first woman mayor of our beautiful city of eThekwini during the democratic era and the first woman chairperson of the ANC’s biggest region. But what else?
There’s not much to say about the other two former women mayors of this great city, Margaret Winter and Sybil Hotz, except that they broke the pale-male ceiling.
I know comparisons can be grossly unfair or downright odious. Winter played a part in the transitional period. Hotz was no freedom fighter. She was no Victoria Mxenge. But she did help in the dismantling of “petty apartheid” .