Winnie Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela dies at 81

Winnie Madikizela Mandela the former wife of South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 81

Winnie married Nelson Mandela in 1958, and was with him when he became President in 1994 and then divorced in 1996 while he was still in office.

The couple pictured hand-in-hand in 1990 as Mr Mandela walked free from prison after 27 years were a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle for nearly three decades.

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.”

Nelson died in 2013, he and Winnie had 2 children together.

May her soul Rest In Peace

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