Johannesburg - The African National Congress (ANC) is mourning the death of "one of the most respected, battle-hardened and loved stalwarts of the liberation struggle" - Vivian Magdalene Sarah Daniels, who died at the age of 82.
“Her death, coming so soon after that of Comrade Andiswa Ndevu, who tragically died on Tuesday night, comes as a great shock,” said the secretary of the ANC in the Western Cape, Faiez Jacobs.
"She walked with the giants of our struggle, such as Albertina Sisulu, and yet never lost the common touch. She was a people’s person, an ordinary mother who became an admired freedom fighter.”
Affectionately known as "Auntie Vivvy", Daniels began her life as an activist in 1979/1980 when Wilfred Rhodes, another legendary community activist, and a young Trevor Manuel, who were 43 and 23 respectively, got her involved in efforts to improve the living conditions of poor people.
“She was one of those resolute leaders who gathered her community to fight and defy the apartheid regime. Auntie Vivvy touched many, many lives," said Jacobs.