Condolences from the GPI on the death of Winnie Mandela

The GPI along with so many others around the world send condolences to the family of Winnie Madikizela Mandela who died yesterday in Soweto South Africa at the age of 81.

While often described as "a polarizing figure", there is no uncertainty about the pivotal role Mrs. Madikizela Mandela played during the many years of anti-apartheid struggle in her country.

Known as the "Mother of the Nation" Winnie Mandela was the international symbol of unrelenting resistance to the established racist government structure of South Africa during the decades of her then husband Nelson Mandela's incarceration.

In a televised address the recently elected President Cyril Ramaphosa described her as a "voice of defiance" and "a champion of justice and equality", adding that the former First Lady was "an abiding symbol of the desire of our people to be free." 

Despite being at the centre of discreditable legal and politcal incidents, Winnie Madikizela Mandela remained well loved by millions of South Africans and supporters worldwide for what she endured and sacrificed for her country and her family during those tireless years of struggle. She herself said "I know my soul is scarred", but as the BBC's Milton Nkosi wrote in his analysis in the wake of her passing: 'She never gave in. Not one inch - and sometimes, this landed her in trouble. She will be remembered for her fight against an inhumane system, rather than for the mistakes she made in that fight.'

May she rest in Power!    



Winnie Madikizela Mandela in December 2017