Albertina Sisulu
Honoured for Years of Service

©Eric Miller
Albertina Sisulu is one of the most respected figures in South Africa’s history. She has received numerous honours for her service and commitment to the anti-apartheid struggle:

  • In 1986 she received the honorary citizenship of Reggio nell’Emilia in Italy.
  • In 1988 a Lenasia newspaper, The Indicator, awarded the Sisulu family the Newsmaker of the Year Award.
  • She was elected president of the World Peace Council based in Switzerland from 1993 to 1996. This was in honour of her anti-apartheid activism and social work.
  • In 1994 she became part of the first democratic Parliament and served for four years, when she retired. She also received an award from the then-president Nelson Mandela.
  • In 1999 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Witwatersrand for her dedication to the cause of democracy and justice in South Africa.
  • In 2003 she was honoured for her years of dedication to the social upliftment of South Africans when a Soweto centre for children with special needs was named after her.
  • In 2004 she was voted 57th in the TV channel SABC 3’s Great South Africans.