EASTERN Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle and department of sport, arts, culture and recreation MEC Pemmy Majodina unveiled a heritage stone for participants in the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings, which included Komani resident Sophie Mbilini, on the Chris Hani Hexagon last Friday.
Mbilini has been active in the promotion of women’s rights and was a leader of the ANC Women’s League.
Masualle said the commemoration was aimed at acknowledging the journey of local women who fought for change.
“This is to ensure their efforts will not be forgotten. They played a pivotal role in contributing to who we are.”
Majodina said three monuments had been erected to honour the women who had taken part in the iconic march – in Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City and in Komani.
Bella Joyi, 82, who also marched, said she was pleased the government had honoured their efforts from 60 years ago.
She said when they took a decision to march, it was for all women and as a protest against passes.
Joyi said South Africa “was being dragged backwards by our children” and was “being destroyed by those greedy for money”.
Blankets, laptops, a sewing machine and sports kit were handed over to women’s groups.