Magashule on Ramaphosa SONA

Ace Magashule / Image via Twitter: African National Congress

ANC offers a virtual solution to members willing to mourn leaders

The ANC hopes the virtual memorial platform will offer some solace to its members who are unable to attend funerals due to COVID-19 national regulations.

Magashule on Ramaphosa SONA

Ace Magashule / Image via Twitter: African National Congress

The African National Congress (ANC) is counter-attacking the COVID-19 pandemic after launching a virtual memorial platform to allow its members to mourn its fallen heroes.

The national lockdown regulations prohibited the gathering of 50 people or more.

Inadvertently, this prevented many of ANC supporters from attending the funerals of its leaders.


ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule announced the launch of the online memorial during his virtual press briefing on Friday 17 July.

The cover had the faces of former struggle veterans former president Nelson Mandela and his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

A few scrolls led one to the list of ANC leaders who had recently died.

Top on the list was Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane who was buried on Friday 17 July after her death on Monday 13 July due to COVID-19.

A struggle icon in her own right, she was the daughter of Mandela and Madikizela-Mandela.

She was buried next to her mother at the Fourways Memorial Park in Johannesburg.


Below her photograph, was that of former spokesperson of the ANC in KZN Ricardo Mthembu, who also died due to COVID-19 on 8 July.

Prior to his stint as the spokesperson of the ANC, Mthembu served as mayor of KwaDukuza, north of Durban.

ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile’s wife, Manzi was also featured on the memorial.

She died after battling a long illness on 5 July.

“The ANC has taken an initiative to ensure that we never forget those who have left us. To ensure their memory lives on, we have created an online memorial platform, sharing our thought and prayers digital mediums to visualize our loved one’s story.” .

Read the welcome note on the memoria.


Meanwhile, Magashule also announced the virtual events the ANC will hold to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, as the late statesman would have turned 102 years on 18 July.