8th August 2014.
The celebration of National Women's Day is a
significant event in the IFP. We remember not only the 50 000
women who so bravely marched on the Union Buildings to petition
against pass laws, but the thousands upon thousands of women who
have changed our country for the better through
their acts of courage.
Some of these acts have been carried out at
the centre of the public stage. But most are done where nobody
notices, and no one applauds: in care centres, clinics, safe
houses, churches and individual homes.
I am humbled to know that the IFP is full of
women who are making a difference without expecting reward. They
are doing it out of compassion, patriotism and faith. These are
the women who brought our country through decades of suffering,
and the ones who are now building - in a democratic space - a
society that cares for the downtrodden, the despairing and the
It is so often women who rise up in moral
outrage when a child is hurt, reminding our society that this is
not normal, despite being common. It is women who protest
outside our courts when rapists are tried, demanding justice.
And it will likely be women who gather at the High Court in Cape
Town on Monday to support those who are challenging Top TV's
licence to broadcast hard-core pornography in our homes.
I admire these women, who stand up for
dignity, and I am proud that the IFP is home to women like this.
On this National Women's Day, I want to pay
tribute to three special women in my life. First and foremost my
wife, Princess Irene, who has shared life's journey with me for
62 years. Then my two daughters, Princess Phumzile Nokuphiwa and
Princess Sibuyiselwe Angela, both of whom make me proud of be a
I also think with love of my daughters who are
no longer with us, Princess Mandisi Sibukakonke, Princess
Mabhuku Snikwakonke and Princess Lethuxolo Bengitheni.
To these, and to all South Africa's women, I
say "Thank you".
Contact: Ms Lyndith Waller on 073 929 1418