Winnie Mandela, Wife Of Former South African President Dies At 81

News by Joey Jordan Published on 03 Apr,2018 Updated on 03 Apr,2018

Wife Of Late South African President Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela Passes Away At 81

  • Winnie Mandela, a wife of late South African president Nelson Mandela, has died-she was 81.
  • Her family spokesperson announced the tragic news on 2nd of April where he revealed she died following a long illness.
  • She was married to Mandela for around 38 years until Mandela passed in 2015.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a former wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, has passed away at 81. Her family confirmed in a statement on Monday, 2nd April.

CAPTION: Winnie Mandela died at 84 SOURCE: NY Post

Their family spokesperson, Victor Dlamini said in a statement,

She died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of the hospital since the start of the last year.

The statement further continued,

She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones.

He added,

She kept the memory of her imprisoned husband Nelson Mandela alive during his years on Robben Island and helped give the struggle for justice in South Africa one its most recognizable faces.

Ms. Mandela was admitted to hospital for a kidney ailment and exhaustion earlier this year and she underwent a knee and back surgery in 2016.

CAPTION: Winnie Mandela Passed Away SOURCE: NBC News

Many political leaders and late Mandela's supporters have been paying their emotional tribute to her on Twitter.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa visited her home in Johannesburg's Soweto township Monday evening and said she would be honored by a state funeral on 14th April-it will be preceded by an official memorial service on April 11.