- politics/government - politics/government Mbeki hands over house to elderly woman at imbizo An elderly woman was handed a house by the president himself in Aliwal NorthAugust 11, 2007, 10:00 President Thabo Mbeki has just made 80-year-old Evelina Mokwena, of Bukathole ward six in Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape, the proud owner of a house. He handed over the house to Mokwena who has lived in a shack for more than 10 years. Mokwena shed tears of joy after receiving keys to her new home. She was one of thousands of women who took part in the 1956 march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where women marched against pass laws. This is part of Mbeki's two-day Eastern Cape imbizo. Yesterday, he was in Ugie. Mbeki will wrap up the imbizo in Aliwal North, where he will later join mayors and other officials from the Ukhahlamba District for a meeting. Earlier in the day, Mbeki laid wreaths at the gravesites of fallen struggle heroes at the Maletswai Freedom Square Memorial site in Aliwal North. The wife of an ANC stalwart who was assassinated in Zimbabwe in 1981 has warmly welcomed and thanked Mbeki for honouring her late husband, Joe Gqabi.

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