08/20/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/20/2018 05:26
Statement of the ANC on the occasion of the birthday of late Cde Dulcie September. The ANC Continues to Remember its heroines during womens month.
20 August 2018
The NWC welcomes the unabated activities across the country, as we continue to celebrate Women's Month. We continue to pay tribute to our heroines that recently passed away, most notable Mam Zondeni Sobukwe and Aretha Franklin, as well as the anniversaries of the assignation of Ruth First by the apartheid regime on 17 August, the birthdays of Ma Gertrude Shope on 15 August 20198.
Today we celebrate the birthday of another heroine of our struggle and our people, the late cde Dulcie September, who was assassinated on 29 March 1988, outside the ANC offices in Paris, where she was its Chief Representative. Born on 20 August 1935, cde Dulcie grew up in Athlone, Cape Town where she developed her lifelong activism and commitment to the course of liberation and social justice. This led her to become involved in a number of organisations, including the Cape Peninsula Students Union, the Teachers League of South Africa and the African Peoples Democratic Union of Southern Africa (APDUSA).
September was arrested for her political activities in 1963, charged and sentenced to five years in prison, which she served first in Cape Town and then in Kroonstad. Upon her release in 1969, she was served with banning orders, and after her banning orders ended, left for texile in 1973 to the UK. Here she joined the anti-apartheid movement, and in 1976 started working full-time for the ANC, first with the ANC Women's Section and in 1981 at ANC headquarters in Lusaka. At the end of 1983, she was appointed as ANC Chief Representative in France, a position she occupied until her assassination in 1988.
Her assassination served before the TRC, but with no conclusion. We shall continue to remember her contributions to the plight of children, the campaign for sanctions against Apartheid South Africa, and for freedom for her people and the emancipation of women.
Issued by the African National Congress
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