Pan Africanist Congress founder Robert Sobukwe’s widow‚ Zondeni‚ died in the early hours of Wednesday morning after a long illness. She turned 91 in July. PAC president Narius Moloto said Zondeni had been admitted to hospital six weeks ago. She lived a quiet life in Graaff Reinet in the Eastern Cape. They were married from 1950 to 1978. Zondeni Sobukwe received the Order of Luthuli this year for her tenacious fight for freedom and her steadfast support of incarcerated freedom fighters‚ according to the citation. She challenged the injustices meted out against the majority of South Africans‚ it continued. Her husband died of lung cancer complications in 1978. The two met at the University of Fort Hare.

Born Zondeni Veronica Mathe‚ she had four children: Miliswa‚ Dinilesizwe‚ Dalindyebo and Dedanizizwe‚ according to Thando Sipuye‚ an executive member of the Africentrik Study Group at Fort Hare‚ who paid tribute to her last year to commemorate her 90th birthday. "Mama Sobukwe epi...

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