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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passes away

Prime News International, Johannesburg (South Africa), April 3:-  Nelson Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist in her own right whose reputation was sullied by scandal, has passed away. She was 81.

Madikizela-Mandela will be honoured by a state funeral on April 14, preceded by an official memorial service on April 11, said President Cyril Ramaphosa after visiting her home in Johannesburg’s Soweto township Monday evening.

Ramaphosa described Madikizela-Mandela in a televised tribute as a “champion of justice and equality” and a “voice for the voiceless.”

The woman many South Africans have described as the “Mother of the Nation” and a champion of the black majority, died “surrounded by her family and loved ones,” according to a statement released by Madikizela-Mandela’s family.

“She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country,” the statement said.

Madikizela-Mandela was the second of Mandela’s three wives, married to him from 1958 to 1996.-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

 

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