Anti-apartheid stalwart Winnie Mandela dies

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Winnie Mandela

South Africa’s Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died on Easter Monday, aged 81, her personal assistant said today.

Her personal assistant Zodwa Zwane gave no further details but said a statement would be released later.

Earlier this year, Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife was hospitalized for a kidney ailment and exhaustion.

She was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital in January, after complaining of a ‘loss of appetite’ and that ‘one of her legs was painful’.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela had also been in and out of hospital since 2016 for back and knee surgery.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela married Nelson Mandela in 1958, six years before he was imprisoned for his fight against apartheid in 1964.

During her ex-husband’s 27-year imprisonment, Ms Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and the rights of black South Africans.

She became a symbol for the anti-apartheid struggle, undergoing arrest and banishment herself.
She walked side-by-side with her husband upon his 1990 release, and as he became South Africa’s president in the first post-apartheid elections.

In 1996, Mandela divorced her and fired her as deputy minister of arts and culture, but she kept his name and stayed close to her ex-husband until his death.

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2 Responses to Anti-apartheid stalwart Winnie Mandela dies

  1. Rest in peace, mama. You fought a long, hard fight. No one is perfect, and I think you tried your best.

    Newbie
    April 2, 2018 at 7:49 pm
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  2. YOU RAN YOUR RACE AND WORN THE WAR MAMA. REST IN PERFECT PEACE IN JESUS’ NAME.

    Mumbeti
    April 2, 2018 at 10:45 pm
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