PWMSA PAYS TRIBUTE TO JACQUELINE MOFOKENG
PWMSA PAYS TRIBUTE TO WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND GENDER ACTIVIST MS JACQUELINE “JACQUI” MOFOKENG
The Progressive Movement of South Africa led by National Convenor Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, has learned with great sadness of the sudden passing of PWMSA Gauteng Provincial Convenor, advocate for women rights and gender activists Ms Jacqueline Motlagomang Mofokeng (62) on Thursday morning, 22nd April 2021.
Comrade Jacqui’s passing in her sleep at her home in Irene, Tshwane came as shock to the country as it occurred a day after the death of her daughter Thato Mofokeng, who passed away on the 21st of April 2021, making this a double tragedy. We send our deepest condolences to the Mofokeng family, relatives, comrades and friends. May comrade Jacqui and Thato’s souls rest in peace.
Expressing her shock, the PWMSA National Convenor Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize said having struggled to come to terms with the loss of such a committed activist, I remember how the officials of the ANCWL and PWMSA wanted Jacqui to go to court to support Reeva Steenkamp’s mother. The assignment which was meant to take a few court hearings went on for months. At a certain point it became difficult to sustain the support meant to ensure that different women’s groups attend the court hearings. comrade Jacqui said if we leave the court now, it will be like we are abandoning Reeva.
Her high levels of commitment to ensure issues of social justice and the valued enshrined in the Constitution is a gift for many generations to come.
As the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa, we recognise and greatly appreciate the contributions comrade Jacqui has made to change lives of women and their rights. We pray for the family to be strengthened through this difficult period. Malibongwe