The national chairperson of African National Congress (ANC), Baleka Mbete, extensively spoke on Charlotte Maxeke as one of the leaders who laid a solid foundation for the development of women in South Africa.
She said this as she delivered a memorial lecture on the legacy left behind by Maxeke in Middledrift near Alice in the Eastern Cape.
A religious leader, social worker and political activist, Charlotte Maxeke was the first African woman to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in the country.
Mbete described Maxeke as a leader who led by example, sacrificing her time to selflessly fight against the injustices of the undemocratic government.
Citing the recent chaos in institutions of learning, Mbete ejoined South Africa to try and use the freedom our past leaders fought for to do positive things that will add value to the society instead of burning infrastructure.
“We must not take our freedom for granted. She fought for women to have a voice in society. She fought for all of humanity to have access to education. We must not allow this freedoms that we enjoy today, to be taken for granted. We simply cannot allow our schools, universities and clinics to be burnt down.”
Maxeke’s family has expressed gratitude to the government for keeping the name of this bold and selfless leader alive. Maxwell Maxeke says it is a gret honour and a way of encouraging our young girls to aim higher.
“She is a trend blazer, she has done a lot in shaping up how women are perceived in society and government continues to recognise her and the more we talk about her the more we create opportunity for a young girl child in any part of the country to know that they can achieve whatever they want to achieve in life.”