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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, anti-apartheid campaigner, dies

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, anti-apartheid campaigner, dies

He tweeted: "In the darkest hours of the struggle to free South Africa, with Nelson Mandela in prison, the face of hope and courage was Winnie Mandela".

Nobel laureate and former archbishop Desmond Tutu, a periodic critic of the ruling party, noted her passing by describing Madikizela-Mandela as "a defining symbol" of the fight against apartheid.

The publication states that she was taken to hospital for a kidney infection. It is from this point that she strived to bring change and equality. Her tenacity reinforced my personal respect, love and growing affection, it also attracted the admiration of the world at large.

However, in later years, her reputation became tainted legally and politically. "Despite the hardship she faced, she never doubted that the struggle for freedom and democracy would triumph and succeed".

In 1995, Winnie was sacked from Nelson Mandela's cabinet on allegations of corruption.

Madikizela Mandela remained a member of the African National Congress (ANC) throughout her life. Your loss is our loss as well.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela will be honoured with the Category 1 Funeral which entails elements of military ceremonial honours, Mr Ramaphosa said on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The announcement followed an earlier confirmation of her death by the Mandela family late yesterday afternoon.

President Akufo-Addo in a tribute posted on his Facebook wall said Winnie Mandela will forever be remembered for her pivotal role in the anti-apartheid struggle. Photo/AFPWinnie Mandela announcing a pop concert in honor of her jailed husband on July 17, 1988. "She was a solid rock, a defender of the vulnerable and defenceless". She refused to be bowed by the imprisonment of her husband, the perpetual harassment of her family by security forces, detentions, bannings and banishment.

"Her courageous defiance was deeply inspirational to me, and to generations of activists", he added.

"During her time as a political stalwart, and in the values, she instilled in her family, Mama Winnie created a legacy of greatness in African leadership that still resonates today". "Mama Mandela" however continue the fight for freedom.

Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walk hand-in hand-with their raised clenched fists upon Mandela's release from Victor Verster prison, near Cape Town South Africa. The couple divorced in 1996, but she kept his surname and maintained ties with him.

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

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