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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies at 81



Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)

South African anti-apartheid activist and former wife of late President Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died at the age of 81.

Earlier this year, Winnie was hospitalised for a kidney infection and was expected make full recovery.

According to CNN, a family member broke the news that she had passed away on Monday.

Madikizela-Mandela has been in and out of hospital since 2016 for back and knee surgery.

During her ex-husband’s 27-year imprisonment for his fight against apartheid, Madikizela-Mandela campaigned for his release and the rights of black South Africans, undergoing arrest and banishment.


  1. Mamamia

    April 2, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Awwwww RIP Winnie…

  2. 'Diddie

    April 2, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    = RIP Winnie Mandela, Mama Africa

  3. Loool

    April 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Bless her soul. RIP Winnie.
    BN is on the ball today, usually it would have been next week you would carry the news.

    • GYOnlineNG.COM

      April 2, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      What did you mean by that, BN is never like that, I don’t know how you come up with that point…

    • tunmi

      April 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      @GYOnlineNG.COM BN has been a bit late with some of the news. I’m surprised you haven’t seen the comments on several posts.

      Next time you can try asking for evidence.

  4. GYOnlineNG.COM

    April 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    RIP to Mama Africa!

  5. Anon

    April 2, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Legend. Rest in peace Madam.

  6. TheRealist

    April 2, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Rest in peace

  7. Gemonyi

    April 2, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    R I P MA.

  8. B.S

    April 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Rip mama…

  9. mommypharma

    April 2, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    RIP Ma

  10. nwa nna

    April 3, 2018 at 12:23 am

    After watching a documentary about her on Netflix, I will say she never got the credit she deserved from ANC/ Madiba for keeping the fire burning under the apartheid government while key ANC leaders were either locked up or on exile.
    She was a key contributing factor in getting the ball rolling for the release of Madiba..

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