Was there someone who died after apartheid

Death after a long illness: Anti-apartheid fighter Winnie Mandela dies at the age of 81

Johannesburg (AP) - Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of the South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, is dead. The prominent activist against apartheid died at the age of 81 after a long illness in the Netcare Milpark hospital in Johannesburg, as her family announced.

Winnie Mandela was rightly known as the "mother of the nation", it said. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela himself died in 2013. He ruled South Africa as the first black president from 1994 to 1999.

UN Secretary General António Guterres praised Mandela as a "strong and fearless voice in the fight for equality". South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said: "Today we lost a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a comrade, a leader and an icon."

The South African Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, praised Mandela for consistently resisting the government-established and organized separation between whites and blacks in South Africa for decades. "Your brave defiance has inspired me, as have generations of activists," he said.

Prominent ANC politician Mbalula Fikile tweeted that Mandela's death was a huge shock. "She embodied strength, resilience and an infinite love of freedom."

Winnie Mandela had been treated and released several times in a clinic since the beginning of the year, the family further announced. The exact cause of death was not given. "She passed away peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon, surrounded by her family and loved ones," it said.

As a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, the daughter of a teacher had made politics and headlines for more than four decades. But it was also controversial because of scandals and because of its appearance.

In 1958 Winnie Nomzamo ("the ambitious") Mandela married the lawyer Mandela, she herself trained as a social worker. With the arrest of the head of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1962 and his conviction, the most difficult time of her life began. On February 11, 1990, Mandela was released after serving 27 years in prison. "She (Winnie Mandela) kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on (prison island) Robben Island and helped make the struggle for justice in South Africa one of its most iconic faces," the family continued.

But before he was elected president, he separated from her and divorced in 1996: The colorful populist has been linked to kidnapping, torture and even murder. In 1991 she was sentenced to six years in prison for kidnapping and aiding and abetting four black youths, but got away on appeal with a fine.

After the divorce, she called herself Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. In the end she gave up all political offices.


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