BREAKING: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Is Dead at 81; Fought Apartheid - Paul Ukpabio's Blog


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Monday, 2 April 2018

BREAKING: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Is Dead at 81; Fought Apartheid

Nelson Mandela with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela after his release from a South Africa prison in 1990. She often acted as a conduit to his followers during his imprisonment. They divorced in 1996.CreditGreg English/Associated Press

By Alan Cowell

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, whose hallowed place in the pantheon of South Africa’s liberators was eroded by scandal over corruption, kidnapping, murder and the adulterous implosion of her fabled marriage to Nelson Mandela, died early Monday in Johannesburg. She was 81. 

Ms. Madikizela-Mandela was cheered by supporters after appearing in court in Krugersdorp, South Africa, in 1986. She commanded a natural constituency of her own among South Africa’s poor and dispossessed.CreditAssociated Press

Her death, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital, was announced by her spokesman, Victor Dlamini. He said in a statement that she died “after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year.”
The South African Broadcasting Corporation said she was admitted to the hospital over the weekend complaining of the flu after she attended a church service on Friday.

She had been treated for diabetes and underwent major surgeries as her health began failing over the last several years.

Culled from: The York Times

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