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ANC wishes Rebecca Kotane a Happy 99th Birthday

12 February 2011

The African National Congress (ANC) today (12 February 2011) wishes Ma-Rebecca Kotane, wife of the late veteran General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member Moses Kotane, a happy 99th birthday. With Ma-Kotane as old as the ANC, we regard her birthday celebration in Diepkloof, Soweto, as a milestone in the history of the movement.

Despite facing hardship and police harassment during apartheid, with her husband having been one of the first people to be banned under the Suppression of Communism Act, Ma-Kotane consistently showed tremendous support for Comrade Moses Kotane, her family and the liberation movement. She was also one of the delegates present at the Congress of the People in Kliptown in 1955.

Buried in Moscow`s Novodevichy Cemetery on 26 May 1978, Comrade Kotane was a cadre of our movement who dedicated his life to the liberation of his people, having joined the Communist Party in 1928. He was in the thick of every struggle in South Africa – the Defiance Campaign of 1952, the treason trial of 1956 to 1961, underground in 1960 emergency and one of the main organisers of the people`s army – Umkhoto we Sizwe.

As we prepare to celebrate 100 years of the ANC`s existence, we wish Ma-Rebecca Kotane good health. May she live longer to be part of next year`s ANC centenary celebration in Mangaung, Free State.

Issued by:
Gwede Mantashe
Secretary General
African National Congress

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