We Are Very Proud of 'Our Princess' Madikizela-Mandela - Amampondo King

05 April, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Soccer fans support South Africa's Bafana Bafana during their warm-up match against Colombia on 27 May 2010 at the Soccer City stadium in Soweto South Africa

Winnie Madikizela Mandela (C), ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, smiles as she arrives for the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), Johannesburg, South Africa, December 16, 2017. She died at the age of 81 after a long illness.

Anant Singh, a film producer who produced the film A Long Walk To Freedom, said that he and his family were saddened and shocked by the sudden passing of Mandela.

Madikizela-Mandela had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.

In the 1990s, she was also forced to step down from post-apartheid government positions over allegations of corruption, and, later, a fraud conviction.

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee for Women and Youth Affairs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga confirmed the memorial service which she said would be held after the burial.


After the end of apartheid in 1994, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela served as the Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology and as a Member of Parliament.

"Winnie is a symbol of strength to women around the world and I will never forget her strength and defiance in the face of extraordinary oppression", said Simpson Miller. However, she was dismissed for insubordination and, in later years, Winnie's reputation suffered greatly from legal and political charges against her.

Basetsana Kumalo, a South African businesswoman and former TV presenter paid tribute to Mandela by posting a video clip on social media.

In 1957 she met lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela and they were married a year later. Her first name, which means "one who strives", was most fitting. "And we have spoken to the Ambassador of South Africa", she told The Herald newspaper Wednesday. "She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country". "We indeed need to celebrate her legacy".

Lord Hain said: "She suffered so much bringing up her two girls when Nelson Mandela was in prison: beaten up, banned, banished to remote Brandfort, harassed, imprisoned".

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