Ramaphosa declares a seven-day mourning period in honor of Frene Ginwala| TBEN


President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared seven days of mourning in honor of the late Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Frene Ginwala.

The mourning period will begin on Tuesday and will be followed by a national tribute in Johannesburg next Tuesday.

“President Ramaphosa has ordered the national flag to fly at half-mast at all flag stations in the country until Tuesday evening, January 24, 2023,” presidency spokesman Vincent Magwenya said Monday.

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Ginwala died at her home in Cape Town last Thursday after suffering a stroke two weeks earlier. She was 90.

She served in the National Assembly from 1994 until her retirement in 2004.

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In 2005 she was honored with the Order of Luthuli in Silver for her fight against gender oppression and racial segregation.

She was privately cremated last weekend.

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ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula told journalists outside her home in Sandton last week that the ruling party would hold a series of programs in honor of Ginwala.

“It was a life well lived that should be celebrated. There is much that we, the current generation at the helm of the movement, can learn from the life and times of Comrade Frene,” said Mbalula.

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