South Africans saddened by death of #WinnieMandela

UPDATE 2-Winnie Mandela, tainted anti-apartheid figurehead, dies at 81

At one stage her house was burned down, with suspicion falling on the South African security forces. CNN reports that Madikizela-Mandela, an outspoken member of the African National Congress political party, "was a member of South Africa's parliament at the time of her death".

She remained steadfast and unbowed throughout, emerging to punch the air triumphantly in the clenched-fist salute of black power as she walked hand-in-hand with Mandela out of Cape Town's Victor Vester prison on February 11, 1990. Mandela was in the jail for 27 years and became president of South Africa in 1990.

"She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.

Mme Winnie was a real mother of the nation", he said.

In 1991 she was convicted of ordering the 1988 kidnapping of four youths in Soweto.

In 1996, Mandela ended their 38-year marriage, testifying in court that his wife was having an affair with a colleague.

Madikizela-Mandela was given the prestigious Order of Luthuli in 2016 due to her fight for democracy. 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.

Only after pleading from anguished TRC chairman Archbishop Desmond Tutu did she admit grudgingly that "things went horribly wrong". Ms. Madikizela-Mandela was an inspiration to all Africans, not only in South Africa but in the entire African Diaspora. 5 years back, he died in 2013. She will be terribly missed. We acknowledge you, honour you and send you off to finally rest.

Earlier, a family spokesperson confirmed that Madikizela Mandela had passed away at the Netcare Milpark Hospital following a long illness. She was immovable, unshakeable and committed to seeing the liberation of her people even if that meant putting herself in the line of fire time and again.

"We need to remind future generations that the Mandela legacy is not what you can make out of his name".

When apartheid ended there was a series of political and legal issues for Madikizela-Mandela.

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"I was married to the ANC".

In 2011, Madikizela-Mandela was the subject of a Hollywood biopic starring Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, along with an opera that premiered in Pretoria, South Africa.

But he added: "Winnie gave me cause for hope".

Her conviction for theft was overturned a year later because she had not recognized any personal gain from her actions.

After Mandela's death, however, she became involved in disputes over his inheritance.

In recent years, she often clashed with authorities who sought to undermine her reputation as an activist "against the white-minority regime".

I can't help but recall her words to me when I met her, recounting her last moments with Mandela in hospital. "Mandela let us down".

So yes: a controversial figure, but also a figure who is drawing a very strong reaction tonight in South Africa.

"I had so little time to love him".

Winnie's former bodyguard in 1997 claimed that he beat, tortured and killed people whenever she told him to.

"I am not sorry". I pass my condolences to her friends, family and the ANC.

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