Attention: Editors, Producers and Reporters
28 June 2018
Gender Commission mourns the untimely death of Mama Happy Joyce Mashamba
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has learned with great sadness of the untimely passing away of Mama Happy Joyce Mashamba. The Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) Ms Lulama Nare on behalf of the Commission sends her heartfelt condolences to her husband Mr. George Mashamba, the Mashamba family, the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP), her colleagues, her relatives and her comrades.
Ms Mashamba dedicated her entire life to the service of the people of South Africa, first as a liberation fighter, a community organiser who withstood hard conditions to contribute in the struggle against racial segregation and a democratic South Africa. She served the people of South Africa in government in various capacities. At the time of her passing away Ms Mashamba served as MEC for Agriculture in Limpopo Province.
“As the Commission we mourn her death and celebrate the life of a gallant advocate for gender equality who was not afraid to speak her mind on issues of patriarchy and gender stereotypes. She has left an indelible mark to many women whom she helped nurture. Indeed, a heroine has fallen”, says Ms Lulama Nare, Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality.
“To Tatana Mashamba, Mashamba family and people of Limpopo who loved Mama dearly, as the Commission we hope that your pain is lessened by the outpouring of condolences and love from many quarters for a beloved wife, mother, leader and comrade. Whilst with time the pain will recede, we commit to pursue the CGE’s mandate effectively in honour of her values and commitment to the struggle for gender equality and women emancipation,” Nare added.
On behalf of the Commission for Gender Equality, “We say your memory and what you laboured for will be your legacy. We shall never forget the footprints you left behind and the seamless effort in ensuring that gender equality is a reality in this country.”, Nare further added.
To Tatana George Mashamba, children and the grandchildren, the CGE thanks you for sharing Ms Mashamba with our nation.
May your soul rest in peace, Etlela hi Kurhula, Mama Happy Joyce Mashamba!
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 28 June 2018
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306
The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 181 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development