President Jacob Zuma has extended his deepest condolences to the family, friends and comrades of renowned veteran freedom fighter, Sister Bernard Ncube, who passed away on Friday.
Born in Johannesburg in 1932, the former ANC Member of Parliament and former mayor of the West Rand Metropolitan Council, Sister Ncube was an unconventional Roman Catholic Church nun, who dedicated her life to the struggle for freedom, equality, justice, human rights and democracy.
Paying tribute to Sister Ncube, Zuma said she had distinguished herself in the struggle for women and children's rights in a remarkable manner, culminating in her presidency of the Federation of Transvaal Women.
"South Africa has lost a compassionate human being who was fearless and never relented in her convictions, her legacy of courage and strong belief in human rights and freedom must inspire all of us to follow in her footsteps and make South Africa the beacon of freedom, democracy, hope and prosperity that she wanted it to be," said the President.
Sister Ncube suffered dearly for her convictions, being detained six times under emergency regulations, including once when she spent three months in solitary confinement in 1986.
When her cause came to international attention, she was freed but was rearrested with a number of other people, charged with sedition and subversion.