Legendary African Heroine, Winnie Mandela, Dies at 81

Activist Winnie Mandela, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, dies, aged 81

Winnie, Former Wife of South African Anti-Apartheid Icon Nelson Mandela, Dies

They were married for a total of 38 years, although for nearly three decades of that time they were separated due to Mr Mandela's imprisonment. Guterres said "she was a strong and fearless voice in the struggle for equal rights and will be remembered as a symbol of resistance", Dujarric told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY. A fiery voice against Aparthied, Madikizela-Mandela carved out her own place in history during her marriage to South African leader, Nelson Mandela.

Adding to this was ANC Elections Head, Fikile Mbalula, who expressed shock at her passing and said Madikizela Mandela "embodied strength, resistance and an undying spirit of love for freedom".

"Love her or judge her, we can not take away the fact that she had been an embodiment of complexities and she rose gallantry above the situation to carve a niche for herself".

Soon after his release from prison, on 11 February 1990 - when Winnie famously walked with him, hand in hand, clenched fist in the air - Mandela had returned to 8115, the house on Vilakazi Street. "I was visiting my neighbour and when they told me [Madikizela-Mandela died] it was like a close family member had died". She kept the hope alive among the people of this country when it seemed like all hope had been lost.

But she was a unifying force for some members of the ANC, and had this connection of not only being a national and global figure, but also maintaining very close, personal ties, particularly in Soweto.

The post Winnie Mandela: South African Anti-Apartheid Campaigner, Dies At 81 appeared first on 360Nobs.com. She spoke of how those were dark and frightening days, but she did not judge anyone who had not stood with her at times.


Did she still feel anger? Winnie was Xhosa and the community in Brandfort were predominantly Sotho.

"The apartheid white minority never forgave her bravery and role in galvanizing the world to end apartheid". Within a short space of time, Winnie Mandela was back at it, mobilizing people within the community. Winnie was a figure of stoic defiance.

Even greater controversy came when she was accused by senior anti-apartheid activists of involvement in the killing of a 14-year-old township militant, Stompie Seipei.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who spent most of her life fighting for racial equality in South Africa, has died at the age of 81, the BBC reports.

Winnie Mandela is survived by her two daughters and multiple grandchildren. She had been an integral part of the movement against apartheid. She called out the ANC and their failures and refused to abandon the black children as so many of her comrades had done. None of us as students will ever forget that or what it meant to us. This is a woman the nation of South African was honoured to call Mother of the Nation. We had to wait for MK to return to SA, so we sent the Transkei defence force to guard him. May #WinnieMandela now rest in God's ideal peace.

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