Leading the tributes, Nobel laureate archbishop Desmond Tutu described her as "a defining symbol" of the battle against oppression.
She became hardened by her personal experience under apartheid, to the point where her commitment to sabotaging the system might have seen her crossing too many lines, most specifically with regard to allegations concerning the disappearance of one of the youths who belonged to the Mandela Football Club that Winnie controlled.
Winnie continued with the freedom struggle until the release of Mandela on November 2,1990.
The statement from her family said that she passed away at the Netcare Milpark hospital in Johannesburg. She died peacefully in the hospital after a long illness, according to her family.
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe expressed condolences on behalf of the ruling African National Congress and urged those who loved her to celebrate her. "She was an inspiration to both young and old who shared her vision of an egalitarian prosperous and free South Africa".
In 1986, she was widely linked to "necklacing", when suspected traitors were burnt alive by a petrol-soaked vehicle tyre being put over their head and set alight.
She punched the air in the clenched-fist salute of black power as she walked hand-in-hand with Mandela out of Cape Town's Victor Verster prison on February 11, 1990. She was convicted in 1991 of kidnapping and assaulting the 14-year-old because he was suspected of being an informant for the white government.
In 1992, two years before Nelson Mandela became the country's first black and democratically elected leader, she and her husband separated, but she kept his name.Читайте также: Facing outcry over data breach, Facebook again overhauls privacy settings
Mourners gather outside Winnie Mandela's house.
On Monday, Ramaphosa praised Madikizela-Mandela as "an advocate for the dispossessed and the marginalized" and "a voice for the voiceless".
Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? We will miss her tremendously.
While many have postulated that it was an attempt on the part of the apartheid government to discredit Winnie (I certainly do) and have her wrongly imprisoned, others remain unconvinced and believe that she was responsible for Stompie's death. She endured the brunt of the apartheid regime's harshness at its worst.
Mandela, approaching 40 and the father of three, declared on their first date that he would marry her. "And he shed tears to say that 'we have chose to separate.' He loved her to the end".
"In African culture, we sing when we're hurt", ANC Women's League official Winnie Ngwenya, 64, told AFP.
"The wife of a freedom fighter is often like a widow, even when her husband is not in prison", Mandela wrote.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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