ANC stalwart and anti-Apartheid struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has passed away. The ANC confirmed the news with the statement:
‘The Mandela family are extremely grateful for the gift of her life and even as our hearts break at her passing, we urge all those who loved her to celebrate this most remarkable woman.’
81-year-old Madikizela-Mandela passed away during the early hours of Monday 2nd April. The cause of death is still unknown, although it is believed she was admitted to a Jo’burg hospital over the long weekend after struggling with a longstanding illness.
Madikizela-Mandela will be forever remembered for fighting against Apartheid, as well as for being the former wife of Nelson Mandela – particularly during the long years of his imprisonment. A politician and businesswoman in her own right, Madikizela-Mandela’s roles included heading up the ANC Women’s League and being a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee.
Fondly known by many as the ‘Mother of the Nation’, Madikizela-Mandela’s activism and life hasn’t been without controversy – but her deep involvement in fighting against Apartheid and years of political service to South Africa and the ANC have cemented her in our history books.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.
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