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South African activist Winnie Mandela dies at age 81

South African activist Winnie Mandela dies at age 81

He urged them to be consoled by the knowledge that the late Winnie Mandela's contributions to ending apartheid would not be forgotten. "None of us had predicted this", a family spokesman told CNN.

Madikizela-Mandela was one of the greatest icons of the struggle against Apartheid. Prime Minister Holness said Mandela's death brings into focus the significant struggle of black people throughout the world against racism and in particular apartheid in South Africa.

One fan posted a video of her and wrote, "May Her Revolutionary Soul Rest In Peace".

Her death has touched many South Africans as well celebrities overseas including Viola Davis, Lauryn Hill and Samuel L Jackson.

- The bishops of South Africa offered their sympathy Tuesday for the death of the controversial anti-apartheid activist and politician Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was the former wife of Nelson Mandela.

Winnie Mandela, who was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, played a high-profile role in the struggle to end white-minority rule, but her place in history was stained by controversy and accusations of violence.

He declared that she would have a national official funeral on April 14 at Orlando stadium.

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They had two daughters together.

Malema lashed at those who were critics of Madikizela-Mandela and were now pretending to have been close friends of hers. Madikizela-Mandela had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year. Mandela was eventually released in 1990.

The Mandelas were married for 38 years, although for nearly three decades of that time, they were separated due to Nelson Mandela's long imprisonment.

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

"Because (she) was living among her people, and never betrayed her people, they gave her the title of the 'Mother of the nation, '" he said.

Ms Madikizela-Mandela always was aware of the danger of being submerged in the shadow of her husband's all-encompassing personality.


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