Ramaphosa Calls Upon Women to Emulate Maxeke

Written by on 7 April, 2021

By: Zilungile Mkhize

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country has not commemorated and honoured the life and contributions of late struggle stalwart Charlotte Maxeke, as it should have done.

Ramaphosa has delivered an address in honour of Maxeke at Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape, as the ANC is leading a number of events celebrating ‘The Year of Charlotte Maxeke’ today.

Maxeke who was born on this day 150 years ago, was a political activist and an academic.

Ramaphosa says the country should hold more ceremonies in her honour, to remember the many contributions she had for the nation.

“She was one of many leaders who were not only literate but who propagated the values and principles of our movement in their published writings. This is a lesson we all need to learn from and emulate even today,”says Ramaphosa.

He adds that young people especially women, should follow her example to pursue their future dreams through education.

“Women academics must be at the forefront of research and enquiry into the pressing social problems of the day; research that will guide our national response to pressing issues such as poverty, inequality and underdevelopment,” states Ramaphosa.


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