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President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a period of mourning for seven days from Tuesday, 17 January 2023, in honour of Dr Frene Ginwala, the late founding Speaker of South Africa’s democratic Parliament.

Dr Ginwala, an Esteemed Member of the Order of Luthuli, passed away at her at home in Cape Town on Thursday night, 12 January 2023, at the age of 90, following a stroke two weeks earlier.

In 2005, Dr Ginwala was honoured with the Order of Luthuli in Silver for her excellent contribution to the struggle against gender oppression and her tireless contribution to the struggle for a non-sexist, non-racial, just and democratic South Africa.

President Ramaphosa has directed that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at all flag stations around the country until the evening of Tuesday, 24 January 2023.

The Presidency will in the coming days announce details of an official memorial service that will take place in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 24 January. This event will serve as a national tribute to the late Speaker.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Presidency: Republic of South Africa.

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