#WinnieMandela South Africa has lost a mother, says Ramaphosa

Ruben Holloway
April 5, 2018

Madikizela-Mandela, called by some the "Mother of the Nation", was arrested, imprisoned, and tortured in the 1960s for her public disregard for segregation laws and participation in a radical anti-apartheid youth movement in Soweto.

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission found her "morally accountable" for violations by her personal bodyguards, known as Mandela United FC.

Madikizela-Mandela died in hospital in Johannesburg Monday at the age of 81 after a long-term illness.

The woman, who became the face of the anti-apartheid struggle while her husband was in prison for 27 years of apartheid rule, passed away yesterday at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

In the passing of Winnie Mandela, the world has lost an iconic figure and one of South Africa's colourful personalities who spent the better part of her life fighting against apartheid.

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Twitter is mourning the loss of South Africa's Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela.

President Akufo-Addo has expressed his condolences to the family of the late Winnie Mandela, who died on 2nd April, 2018.

Osinde said Winnie was an effective force and a symbol against the apartheid government in South Africa.

Mandela will be laid to rest at an official national funeral on April 14.

Ms Abbott said: "I will never forget the image of Winnie walking hand in hand with Nelson Mandela when he was finally released from prison in February 1990".

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She was a trained social worker when she met her future husband in the 1950s.

Recently she had been awarded the Order of Luthuli, one of South Africa's highest honors.

Her political activism was marred by a kidnapping and assault conviction in 1991, for which she was fined.

"We are losing the last few of those very committed freedom fighters and I think all we have to do is to always take lessons from her life", Mkhize said outside Winnie Mandela's house in Soweto where she lived for decades.

"She was so much more that whatever her flaws were", Mashile added, pointing out how society allows male leaders to be flawed but doesn't extend the same courtesy to female leaders.

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