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In Loving Memory of Winnie Mandela, South African anti-apartheid crusader

Madikizela-Mandela was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against apartheid. She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country. Winnie -Mandela equally fought for the release of her husband who was imprisoned for 27 years on an Island near Cape Town. She kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one of its most recognizable faces. A longtime stalwart of the ruling African National Congress(ANC) political party, Winnie Mandela was also a member of South Africa's parliament at the time of her death.she has been described by many as an 'advocate for the dispossessed and marginalized' and a 'voice for the voiceless',who sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country.

The outspoken campaigner was known as the ‘ Mother of the Nation’ because of her struggle against white minority rule in South Africa. She married Nelson Mandela in 1958 at age 22, and stood by him in the years following his 1964 conviction and life imprisonment sentence for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. Madikizela-Mandela led an international campaign calling for his release and after the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990, Winnie worked closely with her husband , then became president and fought against the white minority in South Africa.

Madikizela-Mandela was known largely because of her ex-husband, but in South Africa she was the mouthpiece and face of the bitter struggle against the racist regime who refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, banning and banishment. Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to many , and to generations of activists.

She had two daughters with South Africa’s first black president , Nelson Mandela before they divorced in 1996. A memorial service for Winnie Mandela will be held April 11 and an 'official national' funeral on April 14.

Rest In Peace Winnie Mandela, Mother of the Nation





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