The City Of Johannesburg has conferred the Freedom of the City posthumously on struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The award is the highest honour that the council can confer upon an individual or group. Madikizela-Mandela died in April at the age of 81. She joins Walter Sisulu, former president Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, Beyers Naudé, Ahmed Kathrada, Sophie de Bruyn, Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Andrew Mlangeni and George Bizos, who have all been bestowed with the award since 1996. Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Monday in the city's council chambers that “we will always need people like Mam’uWinnie because they inspire commitment and determination in all of us who wish to bring meaning into the lives of others.” He said those gathered should be grateful for her life of value, for the way in which she sought to put service of others first. “In all of her pursuits, it is clear that she was a woman who loved her people and her country and was driven to make a diff...

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