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02 Apr 2018 15:55
Winnie Mandela (Gille de Vlieg)
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Monday, April 2 after a long illness.
Victor Dlamini, a spokesperson for the Mandela family confirmed in a media statement.
Born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1936‚ Madikizela-Mandela moved to Johannesburg to study social work after matriculating.
In 1957, she met lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela and they married a year later and had two children together.
The marriage was short-lived‚ as he was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to life imprisonment for treason. Mandela was eventually released in 1990.
During Mandela’s time in prison‚ Madikizela-Mandela was not spared from the brutality of apartheid forces.
She was placed under house arrest and at one time banished, along with her infant daughter Zindzi, to Brandfort, a town in the Free State.
The picture of her hand-in-hand with Mandela as he walked free from prison after 27 years, became one of the most recognisable symbols of the anti-apartheid struggle.
The Mandela family says it will release details of the memorial and funeral services once these have been finalised.
Kiri Rupiah is the Mail & Guardian’s online editor. Read more from Kiri Rupiah
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