Tuesday will mark the start of seven days of national mourning in memory of Frene
Ginwala, who served as the first speaker of South Africa’s first democratically elected
Ms. Ginwala, 90, passed away on Thursday night.
According to a statement from his office, President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast throughout the nation until the evening of Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
On a formal memorial service that will take place in Johannesburg on Tuesday, more
information will be released later.
When the African National Congress (ANC) was outlawed in 1960, Ms. Ginwala lived in exile in Mozambique during that time. From there, she aided many notable ANC
members in their attempts to flee the country.
Additionally, Ms. Ginwala traveled the globe to raise awareness of the crimes committed during the apartheid era on a global scale.