In the early hours of Monday morning 2 April 2018 South Africa (and the world) lost a true struggle veteran,Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who passed on peacefully at the age of 81. The Mother of the Nation fought many battles in her days as an anti-apartheid stalwart, 491 of which were spent in solitary confinement, but the battle she finally gave into (surrounded by friends and family) was her months-long fight with illness.
Shock, melancholy, grief, and even anger are just a few of the emotions being expressed by a bereaved nation.
Many voices from across the globe celebrated her: the mother, the fighter, the intellectual, and the symbol of persistence and courage.
A woman who epitomized how the power of a woman’s love, intelligence and vision can change a culture. RIP Winnie Mandela ❤ pic.twitter.com/axAeS7re3u
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) 2 April 2018
— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) 3 April 2018
I cherish the times I spent with you, embracing me in your family & home. You were Woman of strength that endured so much hardship and sacrifice. Without you we would not know anything about Tata and his 27 years. You will remain in my heart!! R.I.P WINNIE MANDELA ♥???? pic.twitter.com/2R9fg1t6dx
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) 2 April 2018
How blessed was I to run into Winnie Mandela in a mall in Jobergh? Indescribable joy & humility, AMAZING! Rest in Power, REST IN PEACE. THANKS
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) 3 April 2018
She sacrificed her family, raising her children, her health, her marriage, her career, her education, her community … only to be shunned.
We will NEVER forget you Mama.
Our true liberator.
— Vusi Thembekwayo (@VusiThembekwayo) 2 April 2018
— Masechaba Ndlovu (@MasechabaNdlovu) 3 April 2018
Today we mourn the loss of one of the greatest leaders & activists in this generation: #WinnieMandela. We pay tribute to her courageous persistence in the face of injustice & racism. I am grateful to be a beneficiary of her legacy! pic.twitter.com/GYbCIwLTFi
— Dr. Cindy Trimm (@cindytrimm) 3 April 2018
Mother Winnie, it took me all day to find the words and I still came up with nothing that captures the undeniable love, the unforgettable warmth and formidable advice on perseverance that you’ve offered me. Rest In Peace, the great Winnie Mandela. pic.twitter.com/xCJ1lX4vv9
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) 3 April 2018
Alice Walker’s poem dedicated to Winnie is a worthy and timeless piece of literature:
We love you.
In a time of war
We love your ferocity.
We love your vigilance.
We love your impatience
We love your hatred
Of the deaths of our people.
We love your hatred
-From ‘Winnie Mandela we love you’ by Alice Walker
— Poetry Potion (@poetrypotion) 3 April 2018
The announcement of South Africa’s favourite SABC1 isiXhosa news anchor Noxolo Grootboom’s return to TV as the official anchor for Mam’Winnie’s funeral on 14 April is a bittersweet one that there is some solace in.
From a broadcasting perspective, this moment and including the funeral calls for Mam Noxolo Grootboom to take centre stage…. No greater person for this than her. Respect. ????#RIPWinnieMandela
— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) 3 April 2018
Winnie Mandela died today at 81. She was unwavering in her call for revolution, until the very end. pic.twitter.com/CojzInCUww
— AJ+ (@ajplus) 3 April 2018
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