According to multiple media outlets, her family said in a statement she died following a long illness that had kept her in and out of hospital since the start of the year.
For this reason, the unlawful South African authorities banned her and made life very hard for Mrs. Mandela and her children, during the 28 years that Nelson Mandela was cruelly incarcerated on Robben Island.
However, after 38-year of marriage which saw her come under the scrutinizing gaze of the ever-present public eye her marriage to Nelson crashed two years into her husbands presidency, but she continued to visit her husband daily. In the most infamous case, her bodyguards in 1989 kidnapped four boys including 14-year-old James "Stompie" Seipei Moeketsi.
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"The apartheid white minority never forgave her bravery and role in galvanizing the world to end apartheid". The Mandelas separated in 1992 and were formally divorced in 1996. She was sentenced to six years for kidnapping, but South Africa's highest appeals court reduced her punishment to fines and a suspended one-year term.
The African Renaissance Unity Party (A.R.U) has learnt with shock the sad news of the passing of Ms. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, South African icon and the Mother of the Nation.
Born on September 26, 1936, in Bizana, Eastern Cape province, Madikizela-Mandela became politicised at an early age in her job as a hospital social worker. She had been treated for diabetes and underwent major surgeries as her health began failing over the last several years.
As I neared the end of my interview with her, and the cameras were being put away and the mood lightened, she turned to me and asked: "What is the Mandela legacy actually?"
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When apartheid ended there was a series of political and legal issues for Madikizela-Mandela.
Madikizela-Mandela was regularly detained, tortured and placed under house arrest by the apartheid regime.
"Together hand-in-hand, with our boxes of matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country", she said.
Two years after his release in 1990, the marriage crumbled as her reputation crumbled, accused of conducting a reign of terror in parts of Soweto.
"In addition to her work as social worker, she also was a political activist".
"Their personal relationship broke down", said George Bizos, a human rights lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela at the 1960s Rivonia trial that led to his long imprisonment.
She said the family would be issuing a statement later in the day.
After Mandela's death, however, she became involved in disputes over his inheritance.