JOHANNESBURG –THE African National Congress (ANC)’s veteran of liberation struggle Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (81) has died.
She died on Monday at the Netcare Milpark Hospital here in Johannesburg following long illness.
“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 the 2nd of April 2018.
“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,” the statement read.
It added: “She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country. Her activism and resistance to apartheid landed her in jail on numerous occasions, eventually causing her banishment to the small town of Brandfort in the then Orange Free State.”
Madikizela-Mandela was one of the chief opponents to the oppressive apartheid rule, her resistance that saw her being persecuted by the colonial settler.
Funeral arrangement details are expected to be announced in due course
– CAJ News