The memory of Sophie Williams de Bruyn, Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa have been set in stone for posterity at the newly unveiled Women’s Living Heritage Monument at the State Theatre in Pretoria.
They were the four women who led 20 000 other women to the Union Buildings against the dompasses in 1956.
President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, as well as African Union chairperson Nkhosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu helped to unveil the statues.
Women old and young celebrated together and were surprised by the unveiling of images of the women against the walls of the State Theatre.
Williams de Bruyn was visibly ecstatic when the president asked her to come and stand next to her statue for the media.
The march to the Union Buildings was to start shortly thereafter.