Fearless and faithful Ruth Bomvana forged a future for SA nurses

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Fearless and faithful Ruth Bomvana forged a future for SA nurses

She fought tirelessly for – and taught – a generation, in a ‘calling’ steeped in the struggle and her religion

Chris Barron

Ruth Bomvana, who has died in Johannesburg at the age of 98, was the first black nursing lecturer in SA and one of the country’s top nurses.

She became the matron of Baragwanath Hospital in 1976, just before the eruption of the Soweto student uprising on June 16.

She supervised the casualty ward as ambulances offloaded scores of dead, dying and badly injured young students shot by the police...

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