In Pictures: Remembering Fatima Meer

#SOUTHAFRICA: Professor Fatima Meer, a name synonymous with the liberation movement of South Africa is gone but her memory lives on in the minds of every South African.

She is considered one of South Africa’s most distinguished twentieth century leaders. As a political leader, publisher, writer, and human rights and gender activist, she has worked tirelessly to improve race relations, and promote justice, reconciliation, and non-violent action in such fields as education, social work, poverty alleviation, and health care.

Meer was the tigress that shaped the tenets of democracy by resisting the pressure of apartheid. She was the one woman that confronted the apartheid government with her wit and never gave up in the face of adversity.

Professor Fatima Meer was born August 12, 1928 and passed away March 12, 2010. It’s been nine years since she passed on and we pay tribute to this amazing woman.

Thank you for your contribution to the democracy that South Africa enjoys today, you fought bravely for the future of every South African.

Here are some visuals of the woman who almost married former President Nelson Mandela.

To my friend and mentor, to a teacher, mother, professor, researcher, writer and activist, I thank you for living a life worthy of emulation. Your immense contribution, of historic significance, will always be remembered by freedom-loving people who adopt an anti-racist stance in the quest for egalitarianism, social justice and peace.

Professor Dasarath Chetty, Fatima Meer – A Pictorial Tribute

The school days of Fatima Meer

The bride-to-be
Wedding Day, Ismail and Fatima, 11 March 1951
“A picture that gave me strength in detention”
M.A Graduation. Flanked by Hansie Pollock and Hymish Dickie Clarke
Guest Speaker at Charles Johnson Memorial Hospital 1971
With Ismail Meer, Monty Naicker, MN Pather, George Singh
Leaving court after being tried for breaching a banning order with Ismail Mohamed (left) and Bobby Maree (right)
Dr. Goonam & Dr. Fatima Meer
Virginia Gcabashe and Ellen Khuzwayo carry the newly elected President of the Black Women’s Federation, Teheresa Hendriekse, Zubie Seedat and Sally Motlana look on
The Institute for Black Research Board of Trustees. From left: Dasarath Chetty, Kwenza Mlaba, Paulus Zulu, Lewis Skweyiya, Fatima Meer, Winnie Mandela, Saths Cooper 1990
With Sushilabhen Gandhi

Ismail and Fatima Meer 1994

Back Row: Rashid, Nadia, Shehnaz, Maia Front Row: Zen, Ismail, Shamim, Fatima, Ayesha, Kiara
With Sishupal Rambharos | With Ahmed Kathrada
With Priyanka, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi

The above visuals are taken from Professor Dasarath Chetty’s pictorial tribute to Fatima Meer. This ebook can be downloaded from here


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