In the early hours of Monday morning 2 April 2018, South Africa (and the world) lost a true struggle veteran, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who passed on peacefully at the age of 81. The Mother of the Nation fought many battles in her days as an anti-apartheid stalwart, 491 of which were spent in solitary confinement, but the battle she finally gave into (surrounded by friends and family) was her months-long fight with illness. Shock, melancholy, grief, and even anger are just a few of the emotions being expressed by a bereaved nation. Many voices from across the globe celebrated her: the mother, the fighter, the intellectual, and the symbol of persistence and courage. These are some of them
I cherish the times I spent with you, embracing me in your family & home. You were Woman of strength that endured so much hardship and sacrifice. Without you we would not know anything about Tata and his 27 years. You will remain in my heart!! R.I.P WINNIE MANDELA ♥🙏🏾🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/2R9fg1t6dx
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) April 2, 2018
A woman who epitomized how the power of a woman’s love, intelligence and vision can change a culture. RIP Winnie Mandela ❤ pic.twitter.com/axAeS7re3u
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 2, 2018
— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) April 3, 2018
She sacrificed her family, raising her children, her health, her marriage, her career, her education, her community … only to be shunned.
We will NEVER forget you Mama.
Our true liberator.
— Vusi Thembekwayo (@VusiThembekwayo) April 2, 2018
Winnie Mandela died today at 81. She was unwavering in her call for revolution, until the very end. pic.twitter.com/CojzInCUww
— AJ+ (@ajplus) April 3, 2018