The City of Johannesburg has approved the renaming of its council chambers after Nmzamoo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela, the City announced on Thursday.
In a statement, the City said the renaming of the chambers was a “fitting honour” to Madikizela-Mandela, who was fondly known as the Mother of the Nation.
“This gesture is the City’s way of honouring outstanding individuals for their contribution to the development of the City, its people and the country,” it said.
Madikizela-Mandela died on April 2 at Netcare Milpark Hospital after a long illness. She was 81.
The City said Madikizela-Mandela was a celebrated struggle icon who had contributed significantly to the youth, women and children.
“She was also a resident of Soweto who contributed to the upliftment of the area. Her contribution to South Africa can never be fully articulated.
“The City of Johannesburg is building an inclusive society and celebrating Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is part of providing meaningful redress.”
A public participation and consultation process will now begin to allow members of the community to give their views in line with the City’s policy to rename streets, public open spaces and government facilities, the City added.