Winnie Mandela Has Died
The anti-aparthied leader, politician and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela was 81.
Winnie Mandela has passed away at the age of 81. South African media confirmed the news on Monday afternoon. Her family will has released a statement on Monday, stating that Mandela had been in and out of the hospital since the beginning of the year battling an undisclosed illness.
The #Mandela Family statement on the Passing of #WinnieMandela. #RIPWinnieMandela. #SABCNews https://t.co/u7O7sK8WdV— Thabiso Sithole (@Thabiso Sithole) 1522678849.0
Born Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela, the former first lady married Nelson Mandela in 1959, just four years before he was sentenced to life imprisonment for treason. They had two children together.
Mandela herself was detained for her involvement in the anti-apartheid movement. In 1969 she was sentenced to 18 months in solitary confinement after being charged under the Suppression of Communism Act of 1950.
Mandela held several government positions throughout her lengthy career, including head of the African National Congress Women's League and Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.
She's being remembered by many on social media. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Idris Elba, Joy-Ann Reid and more have shared heartfelt messages honoring her legacy.
Statement by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on passing of Winnie Mandela. https://t.co/XGfZeodc6h— Lester Kiewit (@Lester Kiewit) 1522681749.0
Winnie Mandela has died. She was ferocious, controversial, and fearless. Rest in peace, to the mother of post-Apart… https://t.co/sz4mz57eAC— Joy Reid (@Joy Reid) 1522681601.0
RIP Winnie Mandela 💔 https://t.co/o8lbFAMMWp— #Mamelani7July'17 (@#Mamelani7July'17) 1522679193.0
A Leader! A Soldier! Mother of a Nation! Winnie Mandela! Rest in Peace! ✊🏾 https://t.co/j9dArTg2X1— Senathi! ™ (@Senathi! ™) 1522679353.0
RIP Winnie Mandela— Chuck D (@Chuck D) 1522679532.0
Hamba Kahle Winnie Mandela. Often think of this photo of her in front of the house she was banished to (a bizarre a… https://t.co/UsGmgTONUF— Chris Webb 🌹 (@Chris Webb 🌹) 1522679572.0
Winnie Mandela news just broke my spirit to the core. Rest In Peace Black Mother https://t.co/737DPEWGup— Mmapula (@Mmapula) 1522679603.0
Hamba kahle, Winnie Mandela. Her legacy is complex, but she was a lion in the fight against apartheid. https://t.co/jgQs3J5F73— Lydia Polgreen (@Lydia Polgreen) 1522679243.0
Rest in peace Mama Winnie. My heart is heavy right now. You lived a full and important life contributing to the lib… https://t.co/q1yIhafI1H— Idris Elba (@Idris Elba) 1522680433.0
Alice Walker’s poem for Winnie Mandela. https://t.co/yhiR8ToVgN— تاز المشاكس (@تاز المشاكس) 1522679472.0
Winnie Mandela‚ a stalwart in the fight against apartheid‚ has died at the age of 81. She met lawyer and anti-apart… https://t.co/RmN9vwfzoq— Eugene Scott (@Eugene Scott) 1522678596.0
Winnie Mandela - described as a complex & controversial antiapartheid activist - has died. This is the photograph… https://t.co/yQBxASo15s— Megha Mohan (@Megha Mohan) 1522678081.0
That seismic shift you just felt was the spear of a giant hitting the ground & departing from us mortals. Her battl… https://t.co/cxcAV5j6Om— DM Higher Education (@DM Higher Education) 1522678563.0
A hero, a mother and a legend has passed on. Her legacy will live on and we will remember her as the mother of the… https://t.co/6tzFhJ0dSx— Christo (@Christo) 1522679217.0