Statement on the Passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

by Wade Massey April 5, 2018, 0:19
Statement on the Passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Madikizela-Mandela died at the age of 81 on Monday afternoon at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg after a long illness.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has shared fond memories of his relationship with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and the Mandela family - a story not widely known by the public, he says. "Despite controversies surrounding her life and career, Winnie Mandela's unwavering commitment to ending apartheid and securing Nelson Mandela's freedom is recorded in history".

The police refused to grant her permission to get her relative, who lived a block away, to come and stay with her children. "None of us had predicted this", a family spokesman told USA outlet CNN.

Most of Winnie Mandela's 38-year marriage to Nelson was spent apart, with Nelson imprisoned for 27 years, leaving her to raise their two daughters alone and to keep alive his political dream.

Mandela, the second wife of activist Nelson Mandela, made quite the career fighting against South Africa's white minority.

Her reputation was sullied by scandals in her later years, including a 1991 conviction for kidnapping and assault.

Socialist Worker opposed her actions but also wrote at the time, "The apartheid state, still dripping with the blood of black people, has no right to pass judgement on Winnie Mandela".

One of the last official visits she received was from current South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who went with her to Soweto township last month to encourage people to register to vote in next year's presidential election. Guterres said "she was a strong and fearless voice in the struggle for equal rights and will be remembered as a symbol of resistance", Dujarric told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY.

Even if you were an apartheid-era policeman who met her, you would not forget her face, eyes, and handsome smile.

Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Johannesburg's Soweto area will host a service for Ms Madikizela-Mandela on 11th April.

She became a mite isolated from the ANC during Jacob Zuma's presidency.

"She was a woman revolutionary who was never prepared to be just Nelson's wife". She met and married Nelson Mandela in 1958 and was involved in the women's campaign against the pass laws.

The National House of Traditional Leaders has noted the death of Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela with "a profound sense of loss and deep sadness".

"Winnie is a part of us". In her life she committed both heroic and heinous acts; in acknowledging the light and dark of her legacy, it is possible to create a picture of a fallible woman whose mistakes cannot be justified but can, perhaps, be understood. She was also the former president of the African National Congress Women's League. "Making this possible for South Africans to unite and take on poverty", said Dlamini.

Winnie's given name was Nomzamo, which roughly translates as "she who must endure trials", a prophetic name for a woman whose life was defined by hardship, brutality and relentless commitment to her cause.

In a release, the party said Mandela "was unflinching in her quest to rid South Africa of the system of hate based on racial lines that segregated, brutalised and murdered thousands of black South Africans".

Any fair-minded person can not reflect on Mrs Madikizela-Mandela's life without mentioning 14-year-old Stompie Sepei. She rarely attended Parliament and did not seem to enjoy ministerial responsibilities; she had thrived in an era of rage and discontent.

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