Mr Speaker, on behalf of the MF, I convey our deepest condolences to the family, friends and relatives of the late Sister Bernard Ncube on her sad demise. Our heartfelt condolences also go to the ANC on the loss of an astounding leader and a remarkable individual.
As you know, death is one of those harsh and hard realities that one cannot but accept. We pray that you do not lose your strength of mind as you mourn her death. You will always be reminded of what a great and charismatic personality she was. May you gain comfort from knowing that she is lying in the arms of the Lord. Sister Bernard was always passionate about the church and her love for God was tremendous and without measure.
The passing of this veteran women's rights activist is a great loss not only to the people of Gauteng, but of South Africa. With her warm and caring heart, her service to the most vulnerable and in the fight for liberation, she strived to ensure that the needy did not go to sleep on an empty belly. Indeed, she was a great inspiration to all women and a true citizen of humanity.
Those who lived in her shadow consider it a singular honour and privilege. She was passionate about women's issues and ensured that injustices were addressed so that they did not cause progress to stagnate or deter the advancement of women. Sister Bernard leaves behind a legacy in the community that is infused with honesty, integrity, dignity and, above all, tenacity.
Despite Sister Bernard's religious beliefs, she was pragmatic when it came to public policy and opinion. With her great spirit of humility, she did not deviate from the cause that service to humanity is service to God. Those who worked with her were humbled by her commitment and dedication to deliver a better life for all who lived with hardship. She was known to be a true servant of the people and she stood the test of time.
May her soul rest in peace through the grace of God Almighty.