Nnoseng Ellen Kate Kuzwayo was a women’s rights activist and politician in South Africa, who was a teacher from 1938 to 1952. She was president of the African National Congress Youth League in the 1960s. Died aged 91 from complications from diabetes, Ellen Kuzwayo was a stalwart campaigner against apartheid in South Africa and a tireless fighter for women’s emancipation. Popularly known as “Ma K”, she was a teacher, social worker, community leader and mentor to many. In 1994, at 79, she was elected as an ANC member of South Africa’s first multiracial parliament. Kuzwayo became the first black writer to win South Africa’s leading CNA literary prize.