Friday, 3 June 2011

Statement on the Death of Albertina Sisulu

This statement was issued on 3 June 2011.

On behalf of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Albertina Sisulu, as I thank God for the gift of her remarkable life.

The Psalmist wrote, “Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against the evildoers?” (Ps 94:16) Albertina Sisulu was a struggle icon from a struggle icon family.

She was a fighter for family and women's right and indeed the rights of all disenfranchised.

As we take this time to mourn her death – with her family, our nation and the whole world, we also give thanks for her 92 years of life. Hers was a faithful life of service and dedication and sacrifice – lived for her family and for others, especially for the restoration of dignity of her fellow South Africans. She and Walter, her husband of many years, were a staunch and committed team in all aspects of their lives.

May the comfort and strength of the eternal God, who is love, surround you, her family, as you celebrate her life and mourn her passing.

Issued by the Office of the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. Inquiries: Wendy Tokata on 021- 763-1320 (office hours)

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