Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

South Africa's Winnie Mandela dies at 81

South Africa's Winnie Mandela dies at 81

"She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country", family spokesman Victor Dlamini said.

Nobel laureate and former archbishop Desmond Tutu, a periodic critic of the ruling party over the years, described Ms Madikizela-Mandela as "a defining symbol" of the fight against apartheid.

Dubbed the mother of post-Apartheid South Africa, Madikizela-Mandela became the global symbol of resistance to apartheid while her husband was imprisoned on Robben Island for 27 years.

Winnie Mandela developed a reputation as an uncompromising opponent of the then-predominant racial segregation system. "I last saw her last month at voter registration", she said, standing beside Winnie Mandela's neat lawn, manicured trees and an ANC banner fluttering above her home. The next year, she is sacked for insubordination. She was immovable, unshakeable and committed to seeing the liberation of her people even if that meant putting herself in the line of fire time and again. Mandela was eventually released in 1990.

The South African authorities arrested her in 1969 under the Suppression of Terrorism Act, she was tortured in the jail for a long time.

Strikingly attractive and with a steely air - her given name, Nomzamo, means "one who strives" - the 22-year-old Winnie caught the eye of Mandela at a Soweto bus-stop in 1957, starting a whirlwind romance that led to their marriage a year later.

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"Her vibrancy, unending inner and outer beauty, her passionate connection with ordinary citizens, and her witty and critical mind had contributed in keeping the critical solidarity of the women of South Africa in every facet of life", they said. "My love for her gave me the added strength for the struggles that lay ahead". She was at the forefront of the apartheid struggle, but in the 1980s, began to be seen as a liability for Mandela.

As evidence emerged in the dying years of apartheid of the brutality of her Soweto enforcers, the "Mandela United Football Club" (MUFC), her nickname switched from "Mother of the Nation" to "Mugger".

Even before they were separated by Nelson Mandela's long stay in prison, she had become politicized, being jailed for two weeks while pregnant for participating in a women's protest of apartheid restrictions on blacks.

She was also convicted in 1991 of killing an activist named Stompie Seipei. At one rally she controversially seemed to endorse their use.

She was heard backing the practice of "necklacing" - putting burning tyres around suspected informants' necks - and was accused of conducting a virtual reign of terror in parts of Soweto by other members of the ANC in the late 1980s.

Mrs Madikizela-Mandela's death was marked by campaigners for equality around the world.

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