Theresa IconT Ramashamola

FALLEN HEROINE: Theresa “IconT” Ramashemole has died.      Image by Reginald Nhlapo.

 

Theresa Ramashamole is no more!

IconT (as she was affectionately known) who was 55, passed away on Wednesday night at her home after a long illness.

She was born in Sharpeville on 31 August 1960. Her mother, Julia Ramashamole was part of the huge crowd that converged on the Sharpeville police station on March 21, 1960.

The demonstration was part of a campaign of peaceful defiance intended to end the pass laws, which regulated the movement of blacks.

The police opened fire on the crowd and 69 people were killed and 186 wounded; many of them shot in the back.

Ramashamole, a part-time councillor of the Emfuleni Local Municipality(ELM) was tried in the Pretoria Supreme Court along with Mojalefa Sefatsa, Reid Mokoena, Oupa Diniso, Duma Khumalo, and Francis Mokhesi.

The accussed, commonly known as the Sharpeville Six, were charged with the September 1984 murder of Jacob Dlamini, a Lekoa township councilor.

They were convicted and sentenced to death on 5 December 1985 for their alleged “association with the crowd” that killed Dlamini, although the trial judge and appeals court acknowledged that there was no direct evidence involving them with the murder.

Conveying his message of condolence in a statement, ELM Executive Mayor Mahole Mofokeng said, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ramashamole. Her contribution to this region, and Emfuleni, will forever be cherished we want to offer our sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all during these difficult moments.”

“She leaves a legacy for generations to come who will, in decades ahead of us, continue to enjoy the fruits that democracy has brought to their communities across the length and breadth of our country, including Sharpeville her hometown,” said Mofokeng.

Gauteng Premier Makhura, earlier on Sunday, described her as an outstanding leader and servant of the people of South Africa during his visit to her home.

“In her various leadership capacities and responsibilities, she has served the country with distinction, honour and selflessness.

“With her bravery she has made an invaluable contribution to the development of this region,” said Makhura.

Details for the memorial service and funeral service of Theresa Ramashamole are as follows:
The official memorial service will take place on Wednesday, on 3 December 2015, at 15h00 to 17h00, at the Sharpeville Hall.

The funeral will, according to government policy, be a Special Official Funeral and the service will take place on 5 December 2015 at the Sharpeville community hall in Seiso street, starting at 08h00- 11h00, to Vanderbijlpark cemetery.

May her soul rest in peace!!!

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