It’s with a heavy heart that I report Winnie Mandela has passed away at 81.
The South African anti-Apartheid activist and politician was married to the late Nelson Mandela for 38 years.
Her PA‚ Zodwa Zwane‚ confirmed the struggle veteran’s death on Monday afternoon. She said the family would issue a statement later in the day.
Born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1936‚ she moved to Johannesburg to study social work after matriculating.
She met lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela in 1957 and they were married a year later. They had two children together.
However‚ her marriage life with Mandela was short-lived‚ as he was arrested in 1963 and sentenced to life imprisonment for treason. Mandela was eventually released in 1990.
Read more of Winnie’s biography here.
My condolences to Winnie Mandela’s family and all who loved her.