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A memorial was held in the inner city in the run up to the funeral service for the late Albertina Sisulu. Transport will be laid on for mourners.
YOUNG people should follow the good example of Albertina Sisulu, who was a humble person who was willing to give at all times.

Executive mayor Parks Tau Executive mayor Parks Tau sends a condolence message to the Sisulu familyThese were the words of Executive Mayor Parks Tau, who was speaking at Diagonal Street Square in the inner city, the site of a sculpture of the couple, Walter and Albertina Sisulu. He was addressing a commemoration of MaSisulu’s life early on Friday, 10 June, held by the Joburg Tourism Company (JTC).

The sculpture was installed in 2009 by the City of Johannesburg to honour the long partnership, both personal and political, of the two Sisulus, both giants of the struggle.

Tau’s statement came in the midst of Youth Month, held each year in June around Youth Day on 16 June. “Youth should show appreciation of MaSisulu’s life,” he said.

MaSisulu, as the late Albertina was fondly known, died at her Linden home in Johannesburg on 2 June. She played a huge role in the liberation of this country. “May her soul rest in peace,” Tau said.

In remembrance, the sculpture was bedecked with colourful flowers and candles were placed around it. On each side were photographs – of MaSisulu holding her grandson with a picture of Walter in the background.

Walter and Albertina SisuluWalter and Albertina Sisulu's sculpture, bedecked in flowersMembers of the public were invited to write their messages of condolences and gratitude.

Lindiwe Kwele, the chief executive of the JTC, said: “Indeed it is a privilege to participate in a small memorial to such an exceptional woman, mother and South African, whose life touched, inspired and uplifted so many.”

There was a lot that youth and future leaders could learn from Sisulu’s spirit of ubuntu.

Despite the freezing weather, people flocked to the memorial to leave their messages and pay their respects to the Sisulu family.

Among them was Nonhlanhla Mkhize, from Protea Glen in Soweto. “Mama rest in peace, you have played your part in taking South Africa where it is today,” she said. “We love and appreciate what you have done.”

MaSisulu’s funeral service will be held at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on 11 June. After the service, she will be laid to rest at Newclare Cemetery, which also houses the Walter Sisulu Memorial Garden.

Her funeral planning committee, led by the minister in the presidency, Collins Chabane, has announced transport arrangements for the funeral service. Some 500 buses and seven trains have been organised by the committee to transport mourners.

Walter Sisulu's grave at Newclare CemeteryWalter Sisulu's grave at Newclare CemeteryBuses will ferry ordinary people who want to attend the funeral, from Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, West Rand and Sedibeng. They will leave the various regions, collecting people at bus stations along main routes from the early hours of the morning.

In all, 120 buses will be in use in Johannesburg.

The seven Metrorail trains will depart from Mabopane Station at 5.30am, Pienaarspoort Station at 5.30am, Leralla Station at 6am, Daveyton Station at 6.30am, Springs Station at 6am, Katlehong Station (Kwesini) at 6.15am and Vereeniging Station at 6.15am.

Accreditation for all VIPs will take place at Johannesburg Civic Centre, 158 Loveday Street, on 10 June from 9am until 7pm. All VIPs must park their cars on the day at Walter Sisulu Hall, on the corner of Malibongwe Drive and Hans Schoeman Drive in Randburg.

There will also be accreditation at the hall, from 6am to 8am on Saturday. Buses will take the VIPS to the stadium from the hall, leaving from 6am.
The committee encourages all VIPs to collect their accreditation on 10 June to avoid any delays on 11 June.

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