Ruth Segomotsi Mompati
Ruth Segomotsi Mompati dedicated her life to serving the people of South Africa, joining the ANC as a young woman. A champion of women's rights, she was one of the leaders of the historic women's anti-pass march on 9 August 1956. Mompati died on Tuesday morning. She was 89.
Eighty-nine-year-old struggle veteran Ruth Segomotsi Mompati said the statue of her recently unveiled in Vryburg in the North West province "symbolises the struggle of all races" and should be seen as a "mark of unity, which all must embrace".