Ramaphosa declares 7 days of mourning for Ginwala

Ramaphosa declares 7 days of mourning for Ginwala

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared seven days of mourning following the death of the democratic Parliament’s founding speaker Frene Ginwala. 

Frene Ginwala

Ginwala passed away at her at home in Cape Town on Thursday at the age of 90, following a stroke two weeks earlier.

“In 2005, Dr Ginwala was honoured with the Order of Luthuli in Silver for her excellent contribution to the struggle against gender oppression and her tireless contribution to the struggle for a non-sexist, non-racial, just and democratic South Africa,” the Presidency said in a statement on Monday. 

The president Ramaphosa has directed that the national flag be flown at half-mast at all flag stations around the country until the evening of 24 January.

“The Presidency will in the coming days announce details of an official memorial service that will take place in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 24 January. This event will serve as a national tribute to the late Speaker,” the statement said. 

Ginwala was cremated in a private ceremony on Saturday. 


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