Winnie Mandela, South Africa 1987

Today we are saddened to report the passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a cultural icon not only in South Africa (and Africa as a whole) but, also all over the world. She was not only known for being the former wife of Nelson Mandela (they were married from 1958 – 1996), she was also a leader and activist in her own right; before they even met. Her leadership and tiresome activism that helped lead to the end of South Africa’s era of Apartheid will not be forgotten.

Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela

“It is with profound sadness that we inform the public that Mrs. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital‚ Johannesburg‚ South Africa on Monday April 2‚ 2018,” her family said in a statement, according to South African publication HeraldLIVE. “She died after a long illness‚ for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year. She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones.”

Winnie Mandela marches with a crowd of youths in the Brandfort Township (Getty)

“To those who oppose us, we say, ‘Strike the woman, and you strike the rock’.”
– 1966