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Albertina Sisulu Biography 1918 – 2011


Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu was a South African anti-apartheid activist and the wife of fellow activist Walter Sisulu. She was affectionately known as Ma Sisulu throughout her lifetime by the South African public.

In 2004 she was voted 57th in the SABC3’s Great South Africans.

Albertina Sisulu

BORN: 21 October 1918

HOME TOWN: Nontsikelelo Thethiwe

PARENT: Bonilizwe and Monikazi Thethiwe

SPOUSE: Walter Sisulu ​(m. 1944; died 2003)

DIED: 2 June 2011 (aged 92)

PLACE OF DEATH: Linden, Randburg, South Africa

CHILDREN: Lindiwe Sisulu, Zwelakhe Sisulu, Max Sisulu

OCCUPATION: Anti-Apartheid, Activist

AWARDS: In 1986 she received the honourary citizenship of Reggio nell’Emilia in Italy. In 1988 a Lenasia newspaper, The Indicator, awarded the Sisulu family the Newsmaker of the Year Award. She was elected president of the World Peace Council based in Switzerland from 1993 to 1996…

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