ANC veteran Ilva Mackay-Langa says prior to her passing, the late ANC Struggle stalwart and trade unionist, Mama Lillian Diedericks, reiterated that she did not want a state funeral. Mackay-Langa said, instead, Diedericks requested that the funds go towards establishing an education trust for those who wish to attend school or pursue tertiary education. Diedericks passed away at her home in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday afternoon.
“Mama Lilly was very strong and principled, with high regard for doing things correctly. She was an excellent linguist, very fluent in three languages – English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. During her later years, she never changed – frank, straightforward, brutally honest on things that happened, hated being patronised – her contribution in the struggle was not done for recognition. She did it for a cause, she lived that ethos.
“She would recall the noble objectives of what the struggle of liberation was all about. Mama Lily believed people should get up and work for themselves and not rely on state funds. She also gave honest assessments on the ANC,” Frolick said.
Describing the sombre moment when learning about her passing, Frolick said he visited her family home and could immediately sense a deep loss – a loss not only for her family but the ANC as well.
One thing she always said was never forget where you come from. Positions are temporary, but in communities, you are welcome with open arms.
“She doesn’t want a cent of government money to be spent on the funeral – the ANC and premier must set up an education trust in her name for those who wish to attend school and tertiary education,” he said. Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane says the late Mama Lillian Diedericks served people with diligence, steadfastness and dignity.
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