South Africa is in mourning following the death of Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, the widow of the late PAC president Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe.

Johannesburg - South Africa owes Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe gratitude for her role in the fight against the apartheid regime, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies said on Wednesday.

''Mrs Sobukwe epitomised the courage, endurance and loyalty of the innumerable women whose husbands or partners were imprisoned, banned or exiled because of their political activities yet continued to further their ideals while also raising families and serving their communities. South Africans owe her, and all the other unsung heroines of the liberation struggle, an enduring debt of gratitude,'' the SAJBD said as it paid tribute to the widow of Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) founder Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe.

''She will always have an honoured place in South African history for her loyal, steadfast support for her legendary husband, the great Pan-Africanist leader Robert Sobukwe, during the struggle against apartheid.''

Sobukwe, 91, died at her Graaff-Reinet home in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday. She had reportedly been in and out of hospital after falling ill.

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