South African Communist Party

12 February 1912 – 31 January 2021 The South African Communist Party (SACP) mourns the passing away of Comrade Rebecca Kotane, a stalwart of our struggle against colonial and apartheid oppression. The SACP sends its heartfelt condolences to the entire Kotane family, relatives, and our ANC-headed Alliance liberation movement. Ma Kotane passed away on Sunday, 31 January 2021, a few days before her 109th birthday. Ma Kotane took part in the defiance campaigns in the 1950s and mobilisation towards the adoption of the Freedom Charter in 1955. In the 9 August 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings, in which she took part, she was among the women detained by the apartheid regime. Detained for two weeks, Ma Kotane shared a cell with other stalwarts of our movement, including Albertina Sisulu, Helen Joseph, Lillian Ngoyi, Amina Cachalia, Violet Wynberg and others. In detention, they were gravely mistreated and humiliated by…

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SACP mourns the passing away of Comrade Rebecca Kotane