Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, The World-Famous Anti-Apartheid Activist And Former Wife Of Nelson Mandela, Dies At 81

Date April 3, 2018

Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of activist, Nelson Mandela, and the former First Lady of South Africa, passed away after a long illness at the age of 81.


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ‘Mother of the Nation’

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was an outstanding figure in South Africa liberation. Her first name, Nomzamo, has a meaning of “she who must endure trials.”

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On Monday, Mandela’s representatives announced her sad demise. Winnie was 81. In recent years, she had some serious health issues – Mandela suffered from diabetes and underwent several complicated surgeries. The family spokesman made the following statement:

The Mandela family is deeply 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.

Winnie passed away early morning on Monday surrounded by her family.


Madikizela-Mandela was the former wife of the famous activist, Nelson Mandela, who later became the first black president of South Africa. Along with her husband, the former First Lady took an active part in the anti-apartheid movement. Later, Winnie got the title of the “Mother of the Nation.”


After Nelson was arrested, his devoted wife turned all her efforts to keep his movement alive. They were married for 40 years, including 27 years that Nelson spent in prison. Winnie went to see her former husband in the hospital before his demise. She was also present at his funeral.

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RIP, Winnie Mandela

For decades, Winnie and her husband were the most famous political couple in their country. The former First Lady became a symbol of resistance to apartheid and a defender of rights of the poor, black residents who demanded their freedom.

Admirers of incredible Winnie Madikizela-Mandela went on Twitter to pay tribute to this legendary woman.

People around the globe mourn her sad loss. Rest in peace, dear Winnie!


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